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Melanie W

Elementary school in Florida

Idea

Opportunities for Collaboration

Professional learning videos need a component that provides the opportunity for us to apply the skills collaborate with others. Too often PL videos are one and done, but true professional learning is a growth opportunity that needs revision. Taking a video and breaking it up into segments would help. Each segment should focus on one particular skill through modeling, and at the end challenge us to apply the skill in our classroom. There should be a forum where we can upload videos of ourselves utilizing the skill or written reflections sharing how we tweaked the strategy to make it our own and challenges/questions that arose. Other educators would give feedback to uploaded experiences. Educators all over would gather a collection of new ideas and we would create a strong community. Networking and collaboration are essential pieces in professional learning and should not be skimped on with videos.

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Experience

Professional learning videos need a component t...

Professional learning videos need a component that provides the opportunity for us to apply the skills collaborate with others. Too often PL videos are one and done, but true professional learning is a growth opportunity that needs revision. Taking a video and breaking it up into segments would help. Each segment should focus on one particular skill through modeling, and at the end challenge us to apply the skill in our classroom. There should be a forum where we can upload videos of ourselves utilizing the skill or written reflections sharing how we tweaked the strategy to make it our own and challenges/questions that arose. Other educators would give feedback to uploaded experiences and we would form a community of learners.

Experience

One of my best professional learning experience...

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!