The past few weeks I have been doing research, a lot of research for a literature review. I have scrolled through tons of useless information for my innovation plan, but I have found a lot of information that is very informative and helpful. My plan is to incorporate ePortfolios into my classroom and get other teachers on board to do the same. This is going to be a big undertaking and it takes a lot of planning.
Whenever PD is mentioned most teachers cringe and get a negative idea in their head of sitting in a cafeteria or auditorium listening to someone ramble on about how we should be teaching. Most think PD adds more work to their already full load. And sometimes this is true. Having an entire school of teachers sit in front of someone giving a lecture is never going to be beneficial to everyone. But there is a better way.
In most cases we do not have to reinvent the wheel, simply improve upon what we already have. Incorporate teacher input into PD classes, gear them toward individualized learning, utilize smaller learning groups, and put more responsibility on the learner. Continue reading