15 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2012 1:55 PM by AbigailH

    Keeping the Educator Engaged During Summer Professional Development

    julesfischy

      As Summer is upon many of us how do you keep educators engaged in your professional development offerings? How do you keep them focused on quality engagement and learning?  Share your tips and best practices.

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          cindimay

          Dyane Smokorowski and I have teamed up together to offer a "Summer Tech Academy" to teachers not only in our respective districts, but surrounding districts as well.  We offer 2-weeks worth of half-day workshop trainings from Google, to Mobile Apps, to digital citizenship. Teachers can get 1 hour college credit for attending 3-half day workshops as well.  We also throw in there Intel Elements Online courses, each of us facilitating two over the summer. This is our second year of providing this type of technology PD and it's been very successful. With our districts being on opposite sides of the county, there is PD close to many of the school districts in the area. Besides, it's a lot of fun to meet colleagues from other districts!

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            Hmmmm...good question and I would love to have the answer before Tuesday of next week since I will be conducting PD. I think one of the keys is using hands-on (of course). I have a 2 hr session on video creation where we have a lab so I think the content/activities will help with any attention problems. I also have an awesome ridiculous story as an intro - and who doesn't love that...LOL! I also have a 2 hr session on making connections with authors and these folks have to sit and listen to me (and a friend) talk about integrating authors into the classroom. We are currently discussing ideas of how to include the audience (to give them ownership) but it won't be easy. I am hoping they all don't leave for the bathroom with their purses and keys in hand...cause you know what that means...UGH! Bring on some good ideas folks...don't let a girl down!

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              dougemints

              I provided a couple to two day workshops already this summer.  One piece of advice I'll share is to remember that "numb butts lead to numb minds".  A group of teaching professionals will sit and listen respectfully, but it is the facilitator's role to make sure that they are functioning in a manner that allows them to absorb information.  So, periodically I look for meaningful reasons to have people move about the room, look at other's work, interview another participant, or team up based on some interest or piece of common data.

               

              Don't go so far overboard with movement, that people don't take the professional development seriously! Instead, include a well-placed brain break (a website that is mindlessly gamey), a nice team-builder (a movement activity that promotes effective group thinking), or a contest (consider a random "minute to win it" style activity) to keep participant minds and bodies active and ready to receive new information.

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                well its a very burning question to be answered that how one can engage the kids,educators,students in summer vacation.for the time being students are detached for periodical class room situation daily. to some extent their daily routine work is disturbed to some extent specially in those countries where summer is prolong and very hot.

                so parents, managements of schools are requested to make a close contact with students on daily basis and dont alow students much for extra curricular activities like games, outing etc.

                students should be engaged for home work in a proper time table to be set by parents or tutors.

                every subject should be given proper time on daily basis e.g physics chemistry bio maths english should be given equal importance.

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                  glen_w

                  I always try to keep professional development active and engaging. I try to make these activities such that the participants feel upbeat throughout the workshop. I also try to help the teachers focus what they are learning to their own classrooms. I find teachers appreciate the ability to focus their own learning on how it can assist their teaching. I am blessed to understand details for all science taught in Utah. This helps me work with science teachers who are "reluctant learners" in their professional development.

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                    I use a QR creator and did a scavenger hunt for a break in the afternoon around the facilities we are at.  They received good information and fun!

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                      sadiasyed

                      I am all in favor of professional Development in summer vacations.

                      Here in Pakistan our educators and students have almost 3 months vacations starting scorching heat of June till the humid days of August every year. Every Educational institution in Pakistan whether Government or private now realizing the importance of professional development are arranging short courses and training program for the faculty members to enhance their productivity and enable them to maintain the pace of progress of other countries. 

                      I always admire the activities of professional development for teachers. I have inclination towards integration of technology as I feel this area lacking in our education system. Recently (about a week ago) I took part in a training activity of my institute faculty members where I have focused on imparting this aspect in our educational stream. Here I also emphasis the importance of online tools and activities for students.  Hopefully, these little efforts become a harbinger of a change for Pakistani students.

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                          tdiener

                          Sadia, Increasingly more and more teachers here take online courses over the summer. They can participate wherever it is comfortable for them. Is there a similar movement to online professional development for your teachers?  Your students have almost three months off. Summer vacation for most US students is two months. Some schools are doing away with summer vacation in favor of shorter breaks spread over the entire year. They feel this provides continuity. Do you find that your students regress over the summer?

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                              sadiasyed

                              Tom, you might find it weird but it in these three month vacations most of Pakistani students have to under go the exercise of Annual Examination for next class on high school to college level. These are also months for entry tests for students to get into higher institutions and even in universities.

                              while teachers remain engage in training or evaluation activities. I personally feel students regress in this long period of summer vacations but only in lower classes. as far as higher classes are concerned Pakistani educational system is designed or formulated in a way that it did not allow students to remain free in this period. They are assigned with a lit of vacation work and activities. 

                              Now the trend of professional development and even online courses  is getting momentum which are being offered by different training agencies. But it will take time to reach its benefits to students. As we are still in progressing stage .

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                            cgardne

                            I believe it is always important to update and offer a variety of courses of our teachers to take.  It's also so important to get them to become engaged in discussions forums.  Let them become the resource people for other teachers within a course.  How does one become involved?  It's an ownership piece and the feeling that you are needed.

                            I have seen such growth during our summer courses when a teacher became connected with another teacher to share ideas or thoughts.  It's even more exciting to see that happening in a virtual setting through online courses.  Many of those teachers that have become connected with another stay connected long after the course is over.  It may be that they are connected because they teach the same curriculum or grade, but more often it's a connection where the teacher shared an idea or a helpful idea that worked for them, and that is what allowed for that excitement for both.

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                              wakid

                              maybe in the summer holiday period for many low-grade and high grade is busy preparing for the next incoming kejenjang, while in our country there is also a bad ayang good, good thing some teachers were given a daily picket duty for a partial registration committee of teachers there are holiday schedules sesaui piketnya empty, and the education is being implemented to improve the quality of teachers certified educators, teachers are also required to continue to learn at home or improve professional with higher education kejenjang melenjutkan highly recommended.

                              The bad news of our teachers feel less relaxed days of summer vacation time is divided kaeran to schedule a new student enrollment, and new regulations from the government to specialize according to the field of college educators, semenatara have many teachers who are not specialists in bidangnay been teaching for so long.

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                                Summer is a very good time to focus on a graduate degree, especially when you can do it completely online in the comfort of home and with an established, respected school such as Lamar University.  Lamar University has been around for more than 90 years and maintains a legacy of academic excellence.

                                 

                                Lamar University has a Master of Education in Education Leadership that covers all of the bases on how to lead in these challenging times.  Summer is an opportunity to begin the journey.  http://degree.lamar.edu

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                                  Summer is a very good time to focus on a graduate degree, especially when you can do it completely online in the comfort of home and with an established, respected school such as Lamar University.  Lamar University has been around for more than 90 years and maintains a legacy of academic excellence.

                                   

                                  Lamar University has a Master of Education in Education Leadership that covers all of the bases on how to lead in these challenging times.  Summer is an opportunity to begin the journey.  http://degree.lamar.edu