Are you tired of your district not offering the PD that YOU want?
Are you tired of going to the same sessions year after year, and wondering “What’s in this for me?”
Have you just had enough of it all?
Then this is the post for you! Yes, we’ve all been down that road before. The district doesn’t offer the PD you want, or it offers hardly anything related to PD. They tell you there’s not enough money to send you to that coveted training or workshop, and you’re running low on funds to send yourself. Yes, these things are all certainly the pits.
However, educators have found ways around this tired cycle, and they are happily taking control of their own learning. After reading this post, you can, too! That’s amazing. Imagine no longer have to wait for anyone to give you the PD you want. In fact, you’ll wonder how you made it this far without it!
In this day and age, there is no need to wait for your district to offer you PD. A culture of open sharing and connecting in education has changed the bygone days of being isolated and alone. Educators are finding communities online where they can share and take resources and ideas for implementation in their classroom. They talk, they discuss, they read, and they write. They wait for no one, and they take what they want.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? You can be a part of this crowd, too! There are many ways to do so, but one of the easiest is by using Twitter and Tweetdeck in combination. Now before you brush Twitter aside as something celebrities use to insert foot into mouth, stop and think. Twitter itself is not the game changer. The educators that are there are the game changers. They start the discussions and share thoughts and ideas. How do you know if an educator is connected online? Look around their classroom and see if you can spot trends that seem outside of what the district has introduced. That’s your first sign.
Here’s how to get started:
- Create a Twitter account
- Log into Tweetdeck with your Twitter account
- Search for hashtags in your area or interest
- Tweetdeck will create columns for each hashtag
- Use Twitter or Tweetdeck to create lists of folks in similar categories (STEAM, Edtech, etc)
- Google your favorite educators to see if they have a Twitter handle to follow
- Leave Tweetdeck running in the background and check when you can
- Retweet what stands out to you
That’s all you have to do. You don’t even have to share at first. Granted, the list above doesn’t go into details, but you can easily Google instructions or watch YouTube videos. If that fails, ask a colleague for help! We are not so expert that we don’t need help every now and again. There are many folks willing to help you out if you only reach out to them.
Want other ways to get started? Here are just some of many:
- Find a book that you want to read and go for it
- Look for book study groups online, or start your own
- Don’t want to write? Try using Voxer to document learning
- Read, Reflect, Try, and Reflect again!
- Look for Facebook groups of teachers to connect with.
- Find online communities for your organizations
- Seek webinars on the topic of your choice. Some cost, but not all
When we take control of our learning, then there is nothing that can stand in our way. Instead of saying “I can’t get the PD I want because my district doesn’t offer it”, say “What are some ways I can learn about Topic X on my own?” Reframe the way you look at the challenge, and you’ll find it’s just a little bit easier to learn what you want to learn.
Want help getting started? This friendly ITRT is at your service. I would be happy to work with you to get you started on your journey. Just comment below!