This past week, I set out to lead 11 of our middle school faculty through an afternoon of professional development. For me, it's always a little intimidating to stand in front of a group of teachers and teach them about teaching tools. Nevertheless, I surveyed the teachers before our session to get a sense of what they wanted to learn more about. I LOVE using the scale tool on Google Forms.
I had the teachers rate each topic and then I averaged their scores, and also looked at the mode, to see that I had selected the right sessions for our faculty.
In the end, I chose to offer three half hour sessions on five topics (yes, I repeated a topic.) Here is what happened. The teachers became so invested in their learning that most of them stayed with one topic the entire time. Who was I to say, "stop your learning and move on to something else?" Below I offer up the topics and tools our teachers explored.