A colleague of mine was discussing how to effectively deliver professional development so all participants' needs were met. Differentiation for adults...not an easy task because the adults need to be completely aware of what they need. Let's face it, we are not always honest with ourselves regarding our shortcomings. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves, sometimes we are not realistic. Any ideas as to how this dilemma can be solved?
Good professional development is the key to change in any organization. One must change their mindset before deep behavioral change will occur. How do we change someone's mindset, when it is often so entrenched in past practice? First, we must not fear cognitive dissonance. Conflict gives us insight into one's mindset, fears, and yes, their needs. Then, we need to help the individual to unlearn, learn, and then, relearn. Deep change takes time and, as a wise high school principal told me once, "slow is fast!" So, take your time, teach to unlearn, learn, and relearn, and seek the help of a professional. (Gee, who could that be?) Contact me...717-572-1610...I think I can help you with that one! Fran :)
Did you know that most teachers leave college unprepared to begin teaching (competently) on their own? As the school year begins to wind down, administrator's eyes turn toward next year. Have you considered how you will deliver your new teacher induction program? Why not use my services to take that worry off of your plate?
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Aside from my fees being reasonable (actually LOWER than the cost of your IU), I can deliver high quality, custom-made professional development. I can devote more time and energy to the task than anyone else in your school district. If you think about it, I probably cost less than if you would hire yourself to do the job!!! I will take your new teachers by the hand, form a relationship with them, and guide them into becoming master teachers. Continue to access this blog to find out more! Fran
Dr. Frances A. Miller,