In Stage 1, you shared that it can be challenging finding videos that not only fit into your schedule, but also match the subject, grade level, or practice you’re looking for.
Ashley's idea is innovative, feasible to implement, and has the potential for big impact. Help Ashley get ready for Innovator's weekend by sharing your feedback. How would you make this idea work in your setting?
As Brian Grazer describes in his book, "A Curious Mind", I find that the best PD I've done is when I'm given freedom to follow my own curiosity. I get curious about things, investigate them, and these investigations end up in my lessons and strategies for teaching. The problem is I write these ideas down in various places or have enlightening conversations, and often forgot so much of what I learned through the process. I propose a Pinterest-like website for educators, except with a virtual notebook and social media component. Teachers can collect and develop ideas and with each board or page, other people can comment, question, or discuss what they see or think about the ideas. These boards can be arranged according to topic for easy reference and searching capabilities. Have you ever seen those "Smash Books" you can buy at Target and other stores? Kind of like that, except virtual. Borrowing from Grazer, a platform for "curiosity conversations" between educators.
As I mentioned, the best experiences I've had as an educator come from my own curiosity and genuine exploration both personally and professionally. PD is often "one size fits all", and sometimes it's helpful when we sit and listen all day, but mostly it isn't. Even online PD can become cumbersome, if we're not able to explore our own interests. With a platform such as the one I described, teachers have a place to connect, reflect, organize, and share authentic explorations and experiences that allow us to engage divergent thinking in order create lessons about which we are truly passionate.
The first task is to build the platform, beta test it with real teachers, launch it, and market it.