The last 4 weeks have been extremely busy for me. We recently started a brand new gradebook and website system in my school district. This has proven to be an amazing tool and resource as we look to ways to improve education. For all the greatness this new opportunity provides, we have been faced with the never ending battle of growing and developing educators so they can utilize this new resource. As exciting as it is to work with educators with the goal of improving education for our students, it is a tiring and exhausting process of which I have personally never experienced. Additionally, we have been doing a ton of work in preparation for our first full-day professional development day of the school year. The last 6 years I have spent in the district we have conducted half-day PD days, and I have been really looking forward to the full-day PD days we are starting this year. Needless to say, the last few weeks have flown by, and they have put my organizational and instructional leadership skills to the test.
Today we had our high school's first full-day professional development day. Overall I am very happy with the outcome, and I look forward to hearing the opinions or others, as well as the comments which should hopefully help us to continue to improve upon our professional development days. I would be lying if I said I believe every single member of the staff was completely satisfied with our first PD day...but overall, I think it went rather well and our teachers were able to get some valuable information and resources to improve the educational climate at our high school. As a leading member of the professional development team, it is hard to accept the fact that some teachers left our first PD day looking like this:
I am not saying our teachers can't handle the large amounts of information, but we have to be aware of their feelings. If our teachers feel stressed and overwhelmed we will most definitely see a decline in overall teacher effectiveness in the following weeks. I am cautiously optimistic that any feelings of stress will be short-lived, and will hopefully culminate into feelings of inspiration and motivation toward using this new information to enhance classroom instruction. Hopefully, teachers will come to school on Monday looking like this: