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Twitter: Perpetual Professional Development

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Magic markers, butcher paper and Post-It notes.  In combination with poor professional development planning, they are enough to strike fear into the heart of the most dedicated educator.  All too often, these are the tools for a “one-size-fits-all” training session–frequently involving the creation of a goofy diagram, or poster, for presentation to other trainees.

For years, we have understood the importance of differentiating instruction for our students, so why has it taken us so long to recognize that teachers deserve equal consideration and individualization?

Technology has forever changed the face of professional development in education.  As is the case in the classroom, technology allows for the personalization of learning–seizing upon the specific needs and interests of the educator.  Tools like Twitter, Google Reader and blogs allow educators to participate in PPD–perpetual professional development.  No more retreating into the relative isolation of the classroom to apply a strategy without any help or assistance.  Simply get connected with your Personal Learning Network (PLN), be affirmed, receive feedback and provide suggestions.

Want to feel re-energized in the classroom, at your school, and in your profession?  Put away the butcher paper and magic markers, take charge, and make your professional development meaningful.  Start by creating a Twitter account and follow #edchat – a fantastic way to build a PLN.

No worries–if you aren’t a little bit overwhelmed by what is out there, you probably aren’t paying attention.

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Junior high principal by day, aspiring difference maker, and Jedi in my own mind. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly.


7 thoughts on “Twitter: Perpetual Professional Development

  1. SO true, Jeff. It is actually hard to describe the amount of PD and reflective opportunities that happen every day, and I never would have known if I hadn’t decided just to take the plunge and dive in with Twitter.

    However, I have seen the light, and now I just try to shine it for others!

    Great reminder.

    Posted by Cale Birk | February 16, 2011, 4:30 am
  2. I agree. I’ve recently regained a passion for lesson planning (yes – like many – I’m a geek and proud of it) by tapping into the resources that online/web2.0 tools provide. And I started with what drives ME. The needs of the students and school and the strengths thereof have fed into what drives me right now anyway.

    Since learning is a meandering process, learning to use the teaching tools as they are being used brings a vibrancy to their educational relevance.

    It’s all great fun!

    Posted by Tanya Nizam | February 16, 2011, 6:42 am
  3. Simple, to the point, and so true.

    Posted by Lara | February 16, 2011, 10:37 am
  4. I found your blog through outreach for The Help Group, but am spreading it throughout artists communities as well. PPD gives me an incredible amount of information every day.

    Posted by cindymariejenkins | February 16, 2011, 8:48 pm


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Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!
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