My Personal Development Plan
The only way to grow as a person, an eductor and a leader is to constantly work to improve yourself through collaboration, continuing education and the ability to welcome change. It has always been my intention in life to never be complacent and and try to push myself to learn and grow. My plan for professional development is one that hopefully is a rewarding as it is challenging. I have only been teaching for four years now in those four years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of some amazing initaitives. I was one of the first teachers to start talk about the “Flipped Classroom”. After watching a Youtube presentation by Jon Bergmann, one of the “flipped” pioneers I began with some basic screen casts that I would post on a website that I created. Students could then go home and access them on their phone. The next year all of our students were given Chromebooks. This opened up a whole new world. Other teachers and administrators began to take notice of what I was doing and decided to a teacher profile on my classroom. This teacher profile which was later showed at a building faculty meeting started some big changes in Middletown High School.
In that same year a small group of teachers including myself were sent to a “Flipped Classroom” conference hosted by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams. This is where many of us saw the power and possibilities of transitioning to a digital flipped classroom. Our district then partnered with a company called Education Elements who would help provided professional development on flipped and blended learning to teachers. Ecucation elements had not yet begun vetured into the flipped world so they asked myself and two other teachers to accompany them to Nashville, TN for an insipration tour of different “Flipped Learning” environments. From this visit and the knowledge I had recieved from my own classroom I began to conduct question and answer sessions with other teachers interested in the digital flipped model. It is in these sessions where I feel that I learned the most about good teaching and incorporating technology. Being able to talk to different teachers with different pespectives and brainstorm ideas and troubleshoot issues was incredibly valuable. A big part of my professional development going farward will be involve brainstorming and problem solving sessions. The theories and ideas of how to teach are out there. The hard part if finding out how to maximize the effectiveness.