What does ESSA mean for your PD?

What Does ESSA Mean for Your PD?

If you’re a teacher (or started your education career as one), have you ever woke up to prepare for a day of learning with great anticipation that today would be the day—the day that will change the game for your classroom?
 
Early on in my teaching career, I had high expectations that all professional development (PD) activities were opportunities for me to grow myself as an educator and enhance my instruction to help my students grow. Yet after days of “sit and get” trainings and mandatory in-service days, those expectations went unfulfilled.
 
I’m confident I’m not the only one that’s felt this way. Have you?

All too often, the trainings and professional development opportunities provided to teachers fail to provide the learning experiences those same teachers are expected to provide to students.
 
For me, I learn best while playing, interacting, and engaging in the material—the same with my students. Although every classroom requires practice and exams, my goal was to make the most out of each class day with fun activities. I came to class excited to “play” with math!
 
When the opportunity came to change my role from classroom teaching to providing district professional development, I jumped at the chance, but then found myself wanting to be back in the classroom after just a few weeks.
 
Why? Because my initial reaction was to abandon instructional approaches that had worked well with students, and instead revert to the way I had received my own PD. As it turns out, teachers are just as disengaged from learning while listening to a lecture or completing a packet of paperwork as their students.