An A-La-Cart Style of PD

Hello, this is Tina!

Each learning situation requires a different approach to gain, obtain, and reflect upon new knowledge as well as being able to enhance existing knowledge.  This is why educator Professional Development can be so challenging.  There is no one size fits all.  As I sit here reflecting upon on my own summer PD experience, I started thinking about how I can best share my experiences?  I came up with the idea of integrating my summer PD experience with Bloom’s Taxonomy.  To best share my journey, I created a Bloom’s chart with my various PD experiences from this summer. It an A-La-Cart Style of PD! You are moving throughout the levels based on your needs.

Remembering and Understanding Levels of Bloom’s and PD

#NOTISTE Conference

The week of June 29th through July 1st, I participated in #NOTISTE15 on Google Plus.  I have been a member of the #NOTISTE Google Community for two years now.  What is ISTE you're asking? ISTE is the acronym for the International Society for Technology in Education.  This happens to be one of the largest teacher organizations in the field of educational technology.  This year ISTE was held in Philadelphia.  My journey this year led me to create my badge and participated in my very first Voxer group as well as joined Periscope.  What an exciting journey!  I am planning on using Periscope in my classroom this year.  I want my students to record experiments and projects and share them out to the world.  I am hoping other classrooms will join and ask my students questions along the way.  I am all about global collaboration!  Voxer, oh, what fun! I can multi-task and Vox at the same time.  I have exercised, listened to a live Voxer chat and participated in the discussion all at once.  Crazy!  I already have idea on how to use Voxer in school.  Can I say, field trips? It is a quick and easy app to communicate with other teachers and chaperones.  

Online Course

I just finished an online course called, Create and Captivate: Using Online Presentations to Teach.  I gained a deeper insight into the importance of teaching students about plagiarism.  I have created a poster to have on display in my classroom about plagiarism.  Did you know students can go onto and check and see if the website they are using is real or fake?  I created a Snopes Detective badge for students who discover a website that is fake.  I can not wait to see what websites we discover are fake while researching!  On a side note, my husband and I went to Adler Planetarium in Chicago and learned about Pluto.  My new knowledge about Pluto led me to create the following video for this class. Feel free to take a peak!

Snopes Detective Badge

Analyzing and Applying Levels of Bloom’s and PD

This week I led the #5thchat on Twitter dealing with “How to Run An Effective 1:1 Classroom.”  I am never satisfied with myself.  I needed to explore if other teachers have better techniques for doing things than myself.  I believe in teaching students about digital citizenship and wanted more lessons to instruct my students.  After reflecting upon last year, I realized I need to reteach this skill often throughout the course of the school year.  From the slow chat, I learned about Common Sense Media.  This website has a scope and sequence for teaching digital citizenship.  You can even select your grade level.  I was SO excited!  I also participate in #sstlap on Twitter.  This week we talked about social studies.  Again, I walked away with many cool ideas.  For me, Twitter allows me to meet exceptional educators.  It is my safe place to connect with other educators, reflect, and ask questions.  These teachers AMAZE me and push me to stretch myself!  I cannot imagine not having a professional learning network on Twitter.  I am truly grateful for Twitter and all the outstanding teachers I meet!  

I have already talked about Voxer and Periscope.  However, I love the friendly teachers on my Voxer chats.  They are helpful and always willing to give advice and suggestions.  I appreciate their willingness to allow you to seek them out anytime and anywhere.  Again, another form of social media that allows me to stretch myself.  What can I say about Periscope?  Now you have a visual to whom you are communicating with.  For some reason viewing someone via a video makes them more real compared to a slow chat on Twitter.

Evaluating and Creating Levels of Bloom’s and PD

Blogging really reaches the highest level of Bloom's.  You are reflecting, evaluating and creating all at once.  As a blogger, you are really analyzing your own learning and thinking.  Crazy, huh?  I believe we call this metacognition.  We want our students to think about their thinking!  Blogging allows educators to do that very thing!

Currently, I am working through the process of creating some professional development for my district.  I find myself evaluating my work, critiquing it, and modifying as I design.  I believe I am gaining a deeper understanding about the topic I will be sharing.  I have to think outside of the box and really differentiate for the various learners.  I am enjoying the challenge and find it very enlightening.  

I am not finished with my summer PD journey, next week I have Google training, Apple training, and flipped learning training.  I am very excited about what I will be learning and applying in my classroom.  Let the journey begin!  

In closing...

My suggestion to educators is to decide what type of learner you are and where you want to begin your PD journey based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Think about what you hope to learn and how you will be able to apply your new knowledge in your classroom.  If you are learning something new, begin with gaining knowledge.   As George Couros posted on Twitter, “Do one thing everyday that scares you.”  Take a risk and learn something new.  My challenge to all teachers is to approach PD in a different fashion. Try a slow chat on Twitter or join a Voxer group. Create your own destiny for PD learning. The sky's the limit! PD can truly be defined as "An A-La-Cart Style" if you explore traditional and nontraditional styles of PD.

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