Heck, yes, I would love to go to a summer PD, said no teacher ever. Well, maybe some teachers do enjoy going to training in the summer. I know I do. I’m always up for learning new things and planning for the upcoming school year. I wouldn’t want to go to a training every single day of the summer but I don’t mind an occasional PD – especially if it’s good.
This past week, my school held a Capturing Kids’ Hearts training. We are implementing the process this year and all our staff had to be trained. I went to the training on Wednesday and Thursday. Going into the training, I didn’t really know what to expect. We knew it was a program about building relationships with the students and that there had been good results in student discipline from schools that used this program but that was about it. Over two days, I learned new ways to reduce student anxiety, engage the students, get to know the students, and how to impact their lives for the better. Plus, free food!
There’s a lot to this program – shaking hands with every single student every single day and a new behavioral system – but I think that it is a program that is worth trying. Our students are becoming more and more “difficult” and I’m all about building that relationship. For me, this was a PD I could get behind.
What about you? Have you ever been to a professional development that you loved? One that you hated? I’d love to hear your professional development stories! Sound off in the comments!
For now…that’s a wrap!