Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where we could do more with less? That is how I’ve always approached professional development.
As I’m sitting in a professional development session, my brain is always racing to decide how I will actually use what I’m learning. If I realize it will take too much time to actually learn and use it, I throw it away. If I realize I may have to spend some time learning, but it will save me tons of time, I’ll ask lots of questions.
When I offer professional development, my goal is always to share ideas with teachers that save them time — ideas that allow them to take something they already do or something they already use, and replace it with what I’m teaching. Now, not only have they altered the assignments and hopefully made it more engaging, more rigorous, and/or more relevant, but they also have saved some time — a precious commodity for teachers.
Let me know what you think.