The word that comes to mind, after today’s conference is “rethink.” I have used that word so many times between today and yesterday, it’s unbelievable. But trust me when I say I am not using the word in vain! It is the only way I can describe what PLC is making me do. It is making me RETHINK the way I have been teaching. Now mind you, I consider myself a pretty good teacher, not perfect, but good. I keep my students engaged, I maintain discipline, I teach using a variety of methods, and hey, we’ve even begun incorporating PLC in my school . However, this PLC summit has brought me to the realization that I have not done the best that I can for my students!
I know, you’re thinking, isn’t this the same person who was trashing professional development about two posts ago? Yes, that was me. But this summit, this is what I want! I don’t know how many people were in that room, but each presenter, and I mean, each presenter, had us engaged practically every minute. If teachers were talking , they were talking about PLC, not about where to go for lunch. We met so many teachers from so many places, and we learned, not only from the presenters, wait for it, but from EACH OTHER! Wow!
I have to share what I learned, so over the next couple of posts, I am going to share some key concepts that were presented. Hopefully, this will twinge your curiosity and you will find out what PLC is, and what it can do for your school. Tonight, I am going to the top of the Hyatt and eat at the revolving restaurant. I’ll be ok, my head is still spinning from all I’ve learned in the last two days.