An integral part of PD for PYP teachers is attending a workshop. The workshop is held over several days there’s a ‘getting started’ workshop as well as one of different aspects of the PYP as well as teaching and learning.
So far I have experienced two PYP workshops. While I have enjoyed learning more about the PYP and making contacts with other PYP teachers, there were some parts of the workshops I attended that I think could be better.
Not releasing the names of workshop leaders until after registration – When I’m choosing PD I want to know who as much as what. I want to follow the workshop leader on social media and find links to their thinking.
More authentic experiences – Why not have part of the workshop be an in-school observation? If teachers can access content online, surely a richer workshop would involve coming together to see PYP ideas in action with real kids for at least part of the time? Even having time to ‘have a nose around’ the school hosting (if it is in a school) is invaluable learning particularly to those teachers new to the programme.
Sitting inside the same room all day – If the only time I get to leave the room is lunch, that’s a long three days. Get me out of the seminar room and walking around. I need to be up and active just as much as the kids.
Limited effective use of technology to support learning – Instead of ICT/digital citizenship being additional workshops, I’d argue all workshops should be effectively integrating ICT.
Not being able to share pictures of slides online – very few conferences tell me at the start not post pictures online. Open sharing of resources should be the default, not the exception. I come to workshops for collaboration, not content.
Showing old content – the videos and snippits my presenters used as provocations during workshops were almost always ones I had already seen online earlier. Some of the content was several years old – that’s ancient internet terms.
What have you enjoyed about PYP workshops?
What do you think could make PYP workshops?