Last year, our school had us (let us?) create our own PLCs for professional development throughout the year. So many teachers are used to sitting in those meetings where someone has either chosen a topic or a speaker that simply aren't wonderful. I love the idea of taking charge over my own learning.
Here's how it goes: anyone can propose a PLC. They create it in our Google Doc, give a basic description of what we'll do all year, and then make sure to plan for each meeting. So, I did this last year. I ran a PLC on blogging, twitter, etc. I had three people sign up, all with varying levels of interest and experience. As many of you in the MTBoS, I am a twitter evangelist (thank you @saravdwerf for putting that into my vocabulary!). I found that I planned for things, but I didn't personally learn a lot more about blogging, twitter, etc. So it felt like it was about other people's learning and not my own. And how does that PLC really work for me?
Flash forward to this year...I have the opportunity to again create one or to sign up for one. What would YOU do? I heard that a group last year that was run by my division head read a book, one chapter at a time, and then discussed the chapter each time they met. In that case, I'd be learning and not have to do extra work....(thinking about reading Mathematical Mindsets...thoughts?)
OR there are a few groups that sound like they would be great....
Any advice? What would YOU do? It's not as if it takes up THAT much extra time. That said, I have 3 preps - and one is brand new. And in the Spring, life gets a little hectic since I coordinate AP exams. (Just so you know what my responsibilities are!) Anyway...I digress...thoughts please?!