I think we can all agree with Elena Aguilar when she says that “facilitating adult learning is different than working with children.” In her article “10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development” she shares ten tips. If you offer teacher professional development (PD) opportunities in your park you should definitely consider the following tips:
- Facilitate Learning – Consider your role when delivering PD to be one of a facilitator of learning.
- Plan, Plan, Plan, and Prepare – Just as you plan for lessons that you hope will go really well, you must spend a good amount of time planning and preparing for the PD you deliver.
- Allow for Choice – You’ll want to offer lots of structure for your PD, but you must also allow for choice.
- Not Too Much – One of the keys to a great PD session lies in the objectives. People need to leave your PD having learned to do something new.
- Start and End on Time – A technical yet key move is to honor the time that everyone has agreed to engage in PD.
- Build on Existing Expertise – As a facilitator of learning, you don’t know everything and you don’t need to.
- Treat Your Adult Learners Like Adults – We can’t hold anyone accountable to anything. Everyone makes their own choices about what they’ll think and do.
- Attend to the Environment – You can really impact a learner’s experience by thinking about the space they’ll learn in.
- Ask for Feedback – At the end of every PD you facilitate, ask for feedback.
- Celebrate – I always end PD sessions with appreciations.
To learn more about each of these tips, read the full article.
- What other tips should we add to this list?
- What other questions do you have about offering meaningful professional development?
Aguilar, Elena. “10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development”. Edutopia, 18 September 2014.