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.
Looking for even MORE ideas? Check out these posts:
- OMG Becky. PD is Getting So Much Better!! by Jennifer Gonzalez
- The changing face of PD
- Transitioning back to the classroom
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Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:
|Date||Event / Event Details||City / More Info|
02/23/2020—02/26/2020||Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference||Pittsburgh, PA|
03/04/2020—03/05/2020||North Carolina Technology in Education Society||Raleigh, NC|
03/10/2020||Utah Coalition for Educational Technology Conference||Provo, UT|
03/15/2020||Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference||Madison, WI|
03/19/2020—03/20/2020||CUE Conference||Palm Springs, CA|
04/28/2020||Montgomery County Intermediate Unit||Norristown, PA|
06/09/2020||North Alabama Technology Conference||Huntsville, AL|
06/10/2020||Blended Learning Conference||Sevierville, TN|
06/11/2020||Summer Digital Learn Conference||North Wilkesboro, NC|
06/12/2020—06/14/2020||DBC Pirate Con||San Diego, CA|
12/03/2020||Tennessee Educational Technology Association Conference||Murfreesboro, TN|