Using the 20% Model
to ignite your professional learning
What is the 20% Model?
How do you motivate your teachers? Do you provide CEUs? Do you require PD? Do you evaluate teachers based on participation? Let's think about how that motivates adults. All of those are known as extrinsic motivators meaning "If you do this, then we will give you ______". However, many studies show that this type of motivation often breeds negative outcomes. So, why not find a way to motivate your teachers intrinsically?
Innovative companies like Google and 3M know the best ideas come from exploration. Bring out the best in your teachers by motivating them intrinsically to create! One of the best ways we found to ignite our teachers, was to allow "play time". Moving PD away from required to optional and giving teachers time to explore and create together while being facilitated instead of directed.
Bottom Line: We wanted to ensure that at least 20% of our PD was for creativity and discovering innovative ideas!
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Reflection is Key to Success! But proceed with caution!
Fortunately for us, we work with the very best teachers in our district. Unfortunately for us, that produced a false sense of integrating technology in the best way. In the past, we found that our teachers were so comfortable with their title, that they weren't motivated to make changes in how they used the technology in the classroom. Although it was really rough to begin with, we chose to use some of the previous year's lessons as examples to show how little integration was truly taking place. This presentation describes a system we designed to level our lessons, not our teachers, for integration. The very last slide was an interactive piece where teachers placed the examples (must be in design mode, not play mode, to see the small text boxes on the far right side of the screen) into the tier described. Be aware: Stress that this is a reflective process to show the direction you are going, not to judge teachers.
SAMR Training: Blended Model of PD
*The second file is not "editable" from this link. If you need the editable version to share with your staff, please email us and we can send you the file.
Teacher Led Staff Development
Tips and Ideas
- Fed Ex PD: Give teachers time to "deliver" a lesson. No barriers, no guidelines. Just time to develop with you at their beckon call.
- Ed Camps: Encourage teachers to share their ideas by using EdCamps as PD.
- Playground: For those who still need some structure, give an application or program and ask teachers to explore it together.
- Don't dangle rewards in front of teachers. This often impedes progress and creativity.
- Offer praises but quietly. We often drop a quiet line to an administrator or fellow teacher knowing it will make it back to the teacher.
How did this help?
Do we provide resources for everything on the board? No. We pick and choose things that we know will be used.