how to get the most out of your PD

In June and July teachers are usually on a mid-year or mid-term break. During these holidays educators often use that time productively and opt for some form of Professional Development. Choosing  your PD demands some thoughtful planning. Otherwise the opposite, i.e. opting for what turns out to a ‘bad workshop’, not only elicits an angry reaction but it also can put a sour taste on PD for a long time to come. Good PD is certainly not what is exemplified in this following ...

“The games people play”

I’m on my way to facilitate a CAS workshop at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. As I wait to board my flight I’m interestedly scanning the faces and activities of my fellow passengers in the airport lounge at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Immediately to my right an Indonesian girl, about 7 years old, is playing a game on her i-pad. I look closer, intrusively, over her shoulder and I ask her what it’s called, “Fruit Ninjas Pak (Mr.).” By her side her ...