My room is filled with notebooks packed with recommendations from professional development seminars.
These notebooks have far too many good, not-so-good, and just-plain-silly pieces of advice. We need less professional development. It’s not that I haven’t picked up useful, pedagogical tips along the way. I have been impressed by a number of seminars I attended (and utterly unimpressed by others) and have implemented strategies suggested to me.
Eduhonesty: We need to remember that professional development often comes out of instructional time. America would be better off if teachers had more time to get ready for their classes. America would be better off if fewer substitute teachers covered classes while teachers learned for the 10th time about the Common Core Curriculum. I’ve been attending seminars on the Common Core for awhile now. Enough already.
The information I need is pretty much all online anyway.