Well for all of you who follow this blog closely, you know that it has been quite some time since I’ve posted anything of significance…ok, let’s call it what it is – I haven’t blogged for way too long.
Much has changed in my life personally and professionally since I blogged last, but, in easing back into the world of micro-blogging I’d like to talk about a professional development/learning opportunity that I have been blessed to be a part of in the last school year #EdCampYQR.
I have been fortunate to be part of the planning committee for the “unconference,” as EdCamps are known, which ran a division wide opportunity during the first week of school in August for teachers that brought together an amazing group of educators with a wide range of talents, experience, and interests at Campus Regina Public. The feedback that we got was tremendously positive and many participants asked for similar future opportunities. Based on the current academic calendar in our division there is not a lot of system-wide time that is available for large groups of people to get together for professional learning. Yet, we felt a need to maintain the momentum established by the first ever EdCamp in Regina in the fall…hence @EdCampYQR the spring edition.
The difference for this spring event is that we are running it on a Saturday morning and this is a new phenomenon for Professional Development (PD) in our neck of the woods. I have had a few conversations around this topic and feelings are definitely split on the idea. The one idea that I continue to go back to is that Professional Learning should be about finding ways to grow. For some people, this can be done in traditional fashions provided by, and in, the school day or calendar; for others, the chance to participate outside those parameters works better and this event is one that I am super excited about being a part of.
This is not to say that one way of achieving PD is better than the other – simply that PD needs to fit the form and function of individual wants and also fit into the lives of busy professionals.
What do you think about PD? How are you finding ways to grow and evolve as a professional? Have you been to an EdCamp…where and when was it held?