I find many of my colleagues roll their eyes when the topic of professional development and training comes up. And to be fair, I have attended a fair number of mind-numbingly terrible workshops. Picture a trainer flashing the lights to quiet everyone, or requiring everyone to clap in affirmation everytime someone "shares out." Or how about the workshop where you were required to start every sentence with either "what if" or "how about?" How about you refund the $300 I paid for this workshop?? This is why I believe it's on you to find the best opportunities to build and develop your skill set. Every year I seek out opportunities to experience new ideas, places and people so I can engage my students with current, relevant, and valuable information and opportunities.
So with that in mind, I'm hoping for a few workshops that might address some of my weak areas. I've come up with a list of potential workshops that might really help me out:
1. How to build your own tech jammer device - those kids will be looking up now!
2. How to teach on 600 calories a day (plus coffee).
3. Harnessing the lack of power from sleepless nights.
4. Use date-driven practices for sharing your flu virus with the whole class.
5. Teaching students how to compute their grade when you use percent categories.
6. Navigating the parent teacher conference you never wanted to participate in to begin with.
7. Learn how to write comments that say so much without saying much at all.
8. Make instructional videos with snapchat filters to engage students.
9. How to teach for a week using nothing but internet memes.
10. Yes, you can tweak the space time continuum to increase the amount of time in your day!
How do you want to grow professionally this year? What branches need to be added to your tree?