Teachers as Learners:By chance, as I was scrolling through Twitter today, I found a new blog post: https://rockntheboat.com/2018/01/27/teachers-as-learners-moving-from-unintentional-to-engaged-to-empowered/ by Laura Steinbrink. This post really hit home for me because of my teachers.
The last two professional development days at my campus were tricky. Originally, I was scheduled to do a small group PD on video in the classroom in November. My district technology director and I were going to host small sessions over the same content. However, I was out at the TCEA Campus Tech Specialist Academy. My tech director offered to host the training of all my campus teachers entirely on his own. Unfortunately, too many of my teachers had something "more important" than attending a half-day training and called the campus principal to get out of the session.
Fast forward to January, my tech director and I teamed up to host the video training. Most of my teachers were not engaged. Some saw the usefulness of video and have created several of their own for their classrooms. However, most have not used video and see no benefit to using video in their classroom. Several have even commented on how they had other work to do and wasted a morning in the training.
This type of attitude is very draining as a campus tech struggling to get teachers to understand that technology is here to stay and can actually help in the classroom. To be honest, most of my teachers complain about students' attitudes towards learning, yet they have the same attitude! I will be taking Steinbrink's visual (see below) and posting in teacher workrooms. Hopefully, this will make an impact on some. I want my teachers to move from Unintentional to Empowered - and not be afraid!