12 engaging activities to rock your Back to School PD

How can we make the most of those Back to School professional development days? The #Ditchbook community shared tons of ideas!

Those first few days back at school before the students arrive are precious. We need time to collaborate with our colleagues and get back in gear. We also have required trainings and meetings we must attend.

For some, these days are filled with dread. Boring meetings that “could have been an email” or trainings that don’t meet our needs in the classroom.

But for others, these first few days are motivating, meaningful and even fun.

So what can we do to make Back to School professional development more inviting? And how can we incorporate teacher voice into the planning process?

During a recent #Ditchbook chat, moderated by Evan Mosier and Elizabeth McCartney, educators tackled these questions and more. They shared their thoughts along with tons of ideas for making the most of these in-service days.

Scroll down or click here for 12 engaging activities to rock your Back to School PD from the #Ditchbook community.

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