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Educators Share Their #BestPD, #WorstPD



Education Week asked educators to share on Twitter the professional development that inspired them or that left them scratching their heads. Here’s a sample of responses:

Worst PD

Once got PD on how to use the new soap dispensers in the bathroom #worstPD

          —@ConnorKWarner


If the presenters haven’t stepped foot in a classroom in the last 3 years, it’s probably going to be the #worstPD

          —@hmarshall528


Paying a speaker who, legit, pressed “play” on an old-time-y tape player for a few hours. I think we all died inside.

          —@MissGantSC


So numerous: presenter hands us printout of PowerPoint and then proceeds to read us the PowerPoint … All. Day. Long.

          —@tracymonroe50


A full-district PD where the speaker had us respond to hand signals w/ claps, etc. like trained animals. Offensive.

          —@MichaelisMath


Motivational spkr made us stand & sing all the verses to Kenny Rogers ‘You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille’

          —@teachmoore

Best PD

No substitute for having to watch/analyze myself on video. It makes you self-examine much more authentically. #bestpd

—@schoolfool          


Practicing strategies on students, getting immediate feedback, trying again. #bestPD

—@jennieherriot          


The #bestPD gives teachers something that they can walk away with and immediately use in the classroom

—@kayleetmetheny          


When our district relied on the talents of our own employees to provide training in various areas, especially tech #bestPD

—@freshfromthe4th          


#bestPD mirrors best classroom practices … differentiated, challenging, interactive, student-centered, inquiry-based…

—@lara_4teachers          


The #bestPD is where what you learn can be applicable at YOUR school, in YOUR class, for YOUR students.

—@thestilesfamily          

Vol. 36, Issue 29, Page 10

Published in Print: April 26, 2017, as #BestPD, #WorstPD
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