Whenever we facilitate professional development for educators, we have the opportunity to model instructional approaches that could be used in the classroom. So, not only should participants walk out of sessions with new content knowledge, but as a result of how they were exposed to the knowledge they should leave with a handful of strategies/resources that could be leveraged across multiple lessons/subjects.
This past Monday I helped to run a session on Writing Pathways at the elementary level. The recap of the day can be found here. And, as you will notice, the teachers in attendance were exposed to the content through the use of approaches/strategies that included:
- an essential question
- learning targets
- close reading
The hope is that by acting as the “students,” the teachers saw the benefits of these practices and they will think about incorporating them into their instruction.