One of my best professional learning experiences was when I had the opportunity to choose the topic myself. I chose a training in the new math standards and we met for 10 days throughout the school year to continue touching base and sharing our experiences. It was wonderful! For four consecutive days over the summer we acted as students and were given word problems with the new standards so we could solve them ourselves. We spent time working in groups to share our solutions, just as our students should do. The modeling was a great way to show us how to teach in our classrooms. Throughout the school year we would read a couple chapters in a book and implement the strategies suggested. We would reconvene each month to share experiences and tweak as necessary. I became a great math teacher after this professional learning experience!