Flipping Professional Development
Schools across the nation are witnessing the benefits of a flipped classroom. If this model is successful for our students, doesn't it make sense that it would be successful for those of us in educational learning circles as well? Providing educators with the opportunity to gain background knowledge on an initiative to be discussed or researching a new idea prior to learning about it at a staff meeting are effective methods for maximizing the use of professional development time. While these ideas aren't necessarily new, the ability to implore them in today's technology rich environment provides many new and exciting opportunities. Those that work in the area of professional development should begin looking at methods for flipping our PD sessions. A major concern with traditional professional development in schools is that staff never have time to talk about what they learn. All too often teachers aren't provided opportunities to question or seek clarification after acquiring new information. Educational leaders all wish to see increased collaboration amongst teachers, but often don't create an environment where collaboration can occur. What we do is too important to allow educational professionals to leave a staff meeting excited about a new idea but without the opportunity to figure out how to apply that new knowledge or exciting idea. Any content that can be provided outside of our regular meeting or professional development time can foster opportunities for rich conversations, exploration of ideas, and collaboration on topics relevant to student success. The possibilities for flipping PD have never been greater. Lets join our students in the post PC era by transforming the way we learn, connect, and collaborate through flipping professional development in our schools.