3 Realms of Meaningful PD

Emma Ahmed and I presented this model with three realms for meaningful and personalized PD. From absorbing ideas, to risk-taking and creating/contributing. We hope this is inspiring for educators who want to think about PD in new ways. In the document below, you will find the description of each realm and practical ideas. In the … Continue reading 3 Realms of Meaningful PD

Grounding activities

Grounding activities are warming up your participants and assuming they are ready to learn, come with a positive mindset and want to grow. I prefer this term to “ice-breaker” that assumes people need to break this ice, that the atmosphere is ice cold and perhaps the minds are close and rigid… Here are some very … Continue reading Grounding activities

Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

For me, the most effective way to support educators to engage learners and increase learning retention is Cognitive Coaching. The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons. With the skills of coaching patterns, building rapport, listening and inquiring to explore or specify thinking, we are able to clarify thoughts and go deeper into … Continue reading Strategies for helping teachers to engage learners and increase learning retention

Why are PLCs so important?

I have always been engaged in PLCs throughout my career as I am absolutely convinced that collaboration is an essential factor for moving from good to great. Because the nature of PLCs can be so diverse, its impact on student learning takes many forms. Co-building capacity amongst faculty, implementing new instructional strategies and reflecting on … Continue reading Why are PLCs so important?

Student-led PD?

I am thinking of havin a monthly theme (each month could be one of the ISTE Standards for students) in the staff room where students could lead to inspire teachers. For example, having them share their learning of a particular ISTE Standard at recess time, around the Staff room area. We could give different opportunities … Continue reading Student-led PD?

Meaningful PD sessions

I have presented a lot of sessions during different summits, conferences and workshops. I think I improved my craft as I experienced and as I observed my audience (through the interactions and feedback). I think I understand now what a relevant and meaningful PD session looks like. Let me first reuse some of my “Cognitive … Continue reading Meaningful PD sessions