Categories: From the Field
September is a great time to start conversations-both with small and large groups of educators. In my last blog post, I discussed planning conversations for Professional Learning Communities. Now, I’d like to talk about planning for conversations with larger groups of educators.
When planning for more formal presentations, do you wish you had a protocol to help you design your professional learning opportunities? As the school year begins, I am often asked to facilitate professional learning experiences for groups of teachers. Here are some ideas and questions to help you plan-with tremendous thanks to my colleague and partner in planning, Sue Wilder.
First, identify your topic and the three most important goals you have for your participants. This might take some time and effort depending upon whose help you need to enlist for this conversation. I promise you though, the effort needed to define your topic and set your goals will save you a lot of time when you take the next steps.
In order to think through this next step, you will need to consider logistics, including the start and end time for your session, the facility where you will be presenting, and the number of participants you will be hosting. Then, ask yourself these ten questions:
I hope you find these tips and questions helpful. I invite you to go forth and start those conversations, both big and small! But take the time to do a little bit of planning ahead of time. You will be rewarded with a much richer dialogue, and will hopefully be invited back to continue the discussion. If you have tips of your own to share, please add them in the comments. I welcome your ideas and feedback!