Monday, April 2, 2012

Professional Development Part 1

Can you read what that says at the top?  The 4th Nine Weeks!  This year has flown by in a way,. but it has been cuhrazy to say the least.  I think next year might be the same way.  At least, teaching isn't boring.

Well, for my newer readers, I started this blog because of a requirement for a Technology Leader Program I am lucky to be a part of in my county.  I am so glad that I did!  It has changed the way I teach. (I think that may have been the whole point of having us start blogging.)

Like I said the program isn't just about technology, it's about being professional leaders in our school, so we are required to provide Professional Development for our staff (in exchange for lots of cool technology like a document camera, Smart Response Clickers, computers and lots of other goodies!)

I feel like this year has been "THE YEAR OF TRAINING"  at my school.  So, I wanted to make sure that my PD was meaningful, interesting and relevant to my staff. So I did two sessions, the first was "Increasing Student Achievement using Social Networking: Pinterest and Google Reader.

I think we all know what Pinterest is by now, it's just a great place to find ideas for teaching, or anything!  I love it because it is so visual and the images link you to a blog or website for more information!

Google Reader is a Google App where you can place all of the blog and website feeds you read on a regular basis in one place. It makes life so much simpler when you are blog stalking!

I used a Google Presentation to present all of the information to my staff.  It included step by step directions, pictures and links.  I showed my staff examples of great pinboards to follow, as well as links to some awesome blogs (Thanks Teaching Blog Addict for having great linkys!) Here is the Google Presentation and Step by Step Handouts for Pinterest and Google Reader if you are looking for more information!

I spent a lot of time focusing on giving my staff resources and giving examples of how I have used the ideas I have gotten from blogs and Pinterest to improve student engagement and achievement in my classroom.  It's my go-to resource whenever I am lesson planning!

I had my staff fill out a Google Form Survey about their experience with using the two sites.  I heard great things!  Most of the staff that attended the session have told me that they are now ADDICTED to Pinterest! Plus, they have all implemented lessons and ideas they have found through collaborating with teachers they don't even know! How cool is that?  I really enjoyed seeing some of my staff get excited about using these tools in their classroom!

I was so nervous about doing Professional Development at my school, but I was prepared and it went great!  If I present this information again, I think I will definitely break the session in two.  It was a LOT of information at one time.

Well, that was my first session of PD! I'll be posting about the other session later this week!

Have a great tomorrow!


  1. It's amazing how technology can influence our teaching and with blogging/pinterest/google docs, for the better!

    Glad it went well :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. I would've loved to attend your PD session! I did a mini one at our last faculty meeting and I was so nervous. I was honored that my principal thought a first year teacher was capable of that, but I was still scared.

    Go You!
    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  3. The blogging world has definitely improved my teaching (not that it wasn't great before, haha!), but it's improved my motivation too. I love reading all the other go-getter teacher blogs and seeing the awesome things they're doing in their classrooms. Can you imagine what would happen if you put all of us in the same school?!

    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

  4. PS, your new blog layout just makes me downright happy each time I come by. Love the bright colors!

    Christi ツ
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

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  6. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing your information.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing!! It sounds like everything went so fabulous!


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