Professional Development: WHY EDUcators And TEACHers Can’t Catch UP THAT Quickly AND How-To Change It

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WHERE To START AND WHAT Plan?

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Let us be honest: I have myself posted a lot about WHAT’S wrong with Professional Development and ranted also a lot about WHAT I have seen from posts on Social Media; thus meaning: by observing teachers and educators posts! THAT isn’t really funny, excuse-me please, seeing people WHO SHOULD be THOSE who are creating ALL OTHER professions struggling, (see PIC, please) acting with a 20th Century Mind by using 21st Century tools (EdTech)! That hurts me! WE, as teaching persons have a BIG ===> Responsibility <=== which WE MUST show on ===> Social Media <===, YOU know anybody sees WHAT is getting posted AND can analyze the posted (as I did)!!!

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A Reminder

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The above mentioned quote from “Albert EINSTEIN” SHOULD get to be taught to Educators, Teachers, Instructors! We, as teaching persons should remember that one on any teaching lesson, this as well as in the classroom and especially when WE publish online (website, blog, Twitter posts, Social Media posts…). ===> UNDERSTANDING! <===

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Feedback From Students AND Parents To Adjust THE Missing-Accepting An OTHER View-Criticism

sharing-iconIt is very important to know WHAT OTHERS see the way of HOW WE are teaching, WE MUST bring us in the shoes of others and ACCEPT their view to improve OUR teaching! Therefore it is important to know WHAT OTHERS are thinking about the actual teaching process AND to ADJUST to it for BETTER ;) 

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SO… THE Plan is ===> OUR Students, LEARNing-To-LEARN, preparing OUR Students, LEARNers for the future, Life-Long-LEARNing for Students, LEARNers, EDUcators, TEACHers <===

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Ten Disciplines Of A Learner

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GREAT Professional Development

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[GM] AND as most of YOU know me, I like to present sometimes ALSO music related to the learning process😉

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WHY music!?

[GM] As a young student when I had to do my exams: I was listening to music (actually very loud…) with headphones on while learning for the exams AND I STILL remember today, after 40 years, WHAT I was learning WHEN listening to that music.

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Pedagogy comes first-2014

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THE Problem With The Actual System

EINSTEIN quotes-problems[GM] I will become 60 years old (STILL with young mind) this year and I have seen THE SAME problem since the last +/- 50 years THAT ===> Professional Development <=== is VERY FAR BEHIND!!! As a student I asked my Professors “WHY do WE need to learn this, I don’t see any necessity for real world in it!?“, I got answered ===> It’s on the “Curriculum”!!! Today isn’t any different, excuse-me please! And ALSO, as I was reading a lot about for what the courses were, from different OTHER books than the mandatory ones for the courses (there was NO internet at THAT time… BUT school libraries) I knew MORE than the teachers, professors. By asking THEM specific questions THEY got upset and I GOT punished, hard times! THIS shows WHAT ===> Professional Development <=== was at that time, and WHEN one is analyzing today Social Media posts on Twitter and Facebook, there isn’t really a change to see :((( WHAT I see, my personal opinion, is the GOOD will to use “EdTechtools to learn through ===> Twitter Chats <===, there are masses actually NOW, it is a BIG trend! 

BUT, MOST teaching persons (and other lurkers…) are ONLY (mostly) making nice talking; saying that “I am learning…”, hmmmmm? Tell me WHERE THE learning is OR WHAT people think WHAT Learning is, as I am present on a lot of Twitter Chats and those persons didn’t change THEIR Mindset!??? People WHO rarely go out of their home and using Twitter Chats to get social relations, socializing? BUT WHERE is THE LEARNing WHEN the Mind is STILL on 20th Century!?

Interests of some of the co-founders of Twitter Chats?: Getting famous!? Collecting information for a NEW book!? MORE selfish behavior as THE EDUcators, TEACHers ===> Ethics Mind <=== allows!? Hmmm, hard Critical THINKing, where MOST about the above is ===> REALITY! <===.

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Well, anyway: Let us look ONLY for advice for BETTER and solutions, THE How-To!

1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-aigainformation1Let us come BACK to the topic of this blog post: WHY can’t EDUcators, TEACHers catch up with ===> Professional Development <=== with the actual system!? It is build up on a linear following, first A, THEN B, THEN C, THEN D… and so on… SO, it will NEVER be possible to be ===> UP-To-Date <===, excuse-me please😉 Being retired, I have actually more time as when I was teaching in my active professional life and I can compare my actual situation with the one before. I EVEN can think NOW on WHY ===> Professional Development <=== as done NOW could NEVER be ===> Up-To-Date <=== as nearly NO ONE could invest that much time without losing its familiar health situation!!! That social part needs to stay IMPORTANT!  The above said is for the active EDUcators, TEACHers and NOT considered as an excuse for the BLACK SHEEP’S (too many anyway…)!

Please keep in mind the image below WHO should be applied ALSO for Educators, Teachers as it is THE basis for a BETTER LEARNing:

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Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

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[GM] I will let YOU know on the How-To I learn to stay ===> Up-To-Date <===, on a very quick way to ===> LEARNing-To-LEARN <=== which will save YOU a lot of time and YOU will learn on an accelerated way.

First rule: DON’T LOOK ONLY for one TOPIC, follow different interests who are related to ===> EDUcation in the 21st Century <===, OTHERWISE YOU will GO BACK AGAIN to ===> A, B, C, D, E… <===, THE OLD WAY of LEARNing! Try to GET an ===> holistic view and overview <===, I will post some great infographics and pictures below WHO will show YOU WHAT’S NEW and WHERE to GO.

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Innovative pedagogical practices

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Creativity-Curation by Gust MEES

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HOW Creativity is actually seen by EDUcation: Cartoon by Marjorie Sarnat:

A very quick way of adapting for Professional Development is a daily base routine of Curation to grow YOUR “PKM” AND by using ===> Coaching and/or Mentoring <===. As well as Co-Teaching, TEAM-TEACHing, as one learns from each other.

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One SHOULD also respect the learning type: some people prefer learning as ===> autodidact <===, self-directed learning; DON’T push THEM (especially seniors) to work in groups, BUT provide THEM the necessary access to the files, so THEY can learn on THEIR OWN pace.
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Concerning ===> autodidacts <===, DON’T FORGET that you deal with adults! Adults LEARN differently, please check below:

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[Start text from Wikipedia] Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education is the act of self-directed learning about a subject or subjects in which one has had little to no formal education. Many notable contributions have been made by autodidacts.

Autodidactism is often complemented by learning in classrooms and other social settings. Many autodidacts seek instruction and guidance from experts, friends, teachers, parents, siblings, and community. Inquiry into autodidacticism has implications for learning theory, pedagogy, educational research, educational philosophy and educational psychology. [End text from Wikipedia]

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[GM] GOT problems to convince people about to make ===> Professional Development <===!? My practical tips:

  • Try to measure the time for how long persons are talking about for NOT wanting to make “Professional Development” (without that THEY see it, let them GO talking, as it is THEIR preferred theme…)…
  • Ask THEM for how many time, how long and how often per day, week, month, THEY are ALREADY on THAT position against…
  • Ask a colleague who is GOOD in coding to create an online calculator which YOU post on YOUR internal website and/or platform…
  • Calculate THAT time in TOTAL AND show THEM the time THEY wasted WHICH THEY could have used for ===> Professional Development <===😉
  • BETTER EVEN: let THEM make the calculation THEMSELVES to make THEM reflecting by ===> #PracTICE <===.

BTW: I have heard THAT above mentioned TOO MUCH, so that I decided to use a bit of Psychology to beat those persons by THEIR OWN words, it works perfectly😉 YOU won’t make YOU friends with it, BUT ANYWAY those people aren’t YOUR friends up from the beginning, NOTHING to lose😉

In preparation…..

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LEARNing2LEARN, blogs with FlowChart Design and MORE explications about THE How-To ===> holistic, empathy, engagement, coaching, win-win situation, NO hierarchy, adapting to any situation, I don’t know doesn’t exist ===> FAQ’s <===, curation, PKM, PLN,

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 [GM] more to come…

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  • Learning to search
  • Making Curation
  • Building UP a PKM
  • Building UP a PLN
  • LEARNing about Social Media ===> PLN, PKM, Communication (THE letter “C” in ICT)
  • Finding out WHO are the BEST Educators, TEACHers on Social Media Twitter AND following THEM to LEARN from THEM
  • Loosing YOUR fear AND connect with THEM
  • Loosing YOUR fear AND collaborate with THEM
  • Ask if some of THEM would be YOUR Mentor, Coach
  • Let YOU guide by THEM with FeedBack on Twitter by “DM” (Direct Message, Private Message)
  • Let YOU guide by THEM with FeedBack on WordPress and other blogs
  • Daily ROUTINE for curation to GROW YOUR PKM

WHAT’S Completely NEW For MOST AND WHAT Should WE Think More!?

programmerman-animatedWE SHOULD think further: WE SHOULD think on the behavior of pupils WHO DON’T realize at a certain age about the necessity of LEARNing, SO preparing THEM by acquiring skills which allows THEM later (when realizing THEIR faux-pas) to catch up AGAIN by owning their LEARNing on their own pace as ===> autodidacts <=== and for ===> Life-Long-Learning <===. These skills are:

  • Curation
  • PKM (Professional Knowledge Management)
  • Social Media skills (Social, Communication…)
  • The skills to express themselves through blogging (Self estimation, writing literacy…)
  • Critical THINKing
  • Proactive-THINKing

Through those skills they will be able to catch up and others are prepared for the HARD life in the workforce!

Digital CitiZENship, CyberSecurity, Collaboration, TEAM-TEACHing, Social Media, Teaching with ICT, PracTICE versus THEORY,…

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Information Literacy in the 21st Century

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Information Literacy

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[GM] I advice to check the following article below, please. It’s THE necessary knowledge ANY educators, teachers SHOULD have while using and teaching with “ICT“. it is THE basis for 21st Century Teaching AND Learning, for educators and students. Once having done it as mentioned YOU will have acquired THE skills which YOU can use ALSO in other courses.

REMEMBER: WHEN using “ICT” in the “SchoolCocoon” (classes, schools…) AND giving courses WITHOUT applying ===> Privacy AND CyberSecurity <=== would give YOU a ===> “TestScore” of 45/100 ONLY <=== as it ISN’T 21st Century TEACHING! Sounds HARD!? THINK twice and consider taking YOUR ===> RESPONSIBILITY <=== to protect at YOUR BEST YOUR students, learners😉

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START LEARNing About

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Let us have ALSO a look on the NEW Education in Finland (Europe), which I advocate, where they are preparing students, learners for the workforce:

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NEW Education-CHANGE-Finland-2015-Europe

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SO… HOW can WE get BETTER!?

Well, WHY NOT thinking on the below picture to find out WHAT is needed WHAT the world needs for abilities from students, learners, in the 21st Century; a GREAT ===> Leitfaden <===!

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Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

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Teacher Quality

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Professional Learning

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TEACHERS-Professional Development-Finland-2014

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The Innovated School ==> Mind Mapping.

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 Quality Teaching through design of LEARNing and up-to-date ===> Professional Development <===.

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[GM] A very quick way of adapting for Professional Development is a daily base routine of Curation to grow YOUR “PKM” AND by using ===> Coaching and/or Mentoring <===. As well as Co-Teaching, TEAM-TEACHing, as one learns from each other.

Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future-ONLY-Synth

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TEACHers, EDUcators SHOULD get reduced in teaching classes for a certain time AND following Professional Development courses by experienced coaches during that time… These experienced coaches (from inside and/or outside the school) could get named “Key Instructors” or something else. Once THEY know it by PracTICE it’s THEIR role to give “Professional Development” courses to other teachers, educators. The curriculum as well SHOULDN’T be static, it MUST get updated as soon as there is something NEW to adapt to the situation.

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Feedback With WordPress Is Good For Peer-Review (Mentoring/Coaching)

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Request Feedback on WordPress

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One Size Doesn’t Fit ALL

[GM] Of course, there are different points of view which need to get expressed as well! EVEN on a collaborative blog one can work together with different point of views! As this is a Collaboration-Blog (Global Collaboration), co-author Dan KIRSCH will explain his point of view here below.

Dan KIRSCH[DK] I am a 6-8 Information, Communications, and Technology Instructor at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD (USA). I was asked last year if I would be willing to participate in the writing process of my school districts NEW 6-8 ICT curriculum. This was an opportunity I did not pass up as I knew I would gain new insight into writing curriculum and collaborating with other teachers within my school district.

This as been a very rewarding, frustrating, and at times difficult experience. I write about this as I have gained insight into how individuals ==> Professional Educators mind you can “undermine” the process of progression. For instance, our curriculum committee offered the other ICT teachers within the district (who were not on the curriculum committee) professional development (PD) to help them with the new curriculum and technological resources. This is where the PD portion puts a fork in the road into two separate paths. On one road the participants are very open into the new curriculum and willing to try NEW lessons; especially with the provided technological resources. Now, on the other road ==> we have other participants (educators) who revert back to their childhood days.

This means they undermine, criticize, mock, and/or find excuses to NOT accept change. Do not get me wrong I am one of the first people not “enjoy” change, but when I am provided with PD from other teachers and instructional coaches I am more apt to more open-minded as I am not be “thrown to the wolves” so to speak. Even with the resources and lessons at their disposal they still are not willing to accept that the curriculum is changing and that they are NOT alone in this process. It is at this point where I become very frustrated as a Professional Educator because I cannot believe there are other educators aka Life-Long Learners who have stopped that process ==> Life-Long Learning!

The point is as educators we are focused on teaching our students to change ==> learn new material, technology, and/or modes of assessment, but when teachers are asked to do the same thing some (not all) refuse. I am in the process of obtaining another Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and it this type of scenario that makes me question how does one (administrator) combat this ==> but at the same time keep ALL staff motivated…??

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Dan KIRSCH

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The author Dan KIRSCH teaches courses in Information/Communications & Technology (ICT) and Career/Technical Education (CTE) for students in grades 6-8 at Patrick Henry Middle School in South Dakota, USA.  Students in his classes focus on Social Media, Educational Technology, and most importantly Digital Citizenship. Currently, I have the priviledge to be on my school districts ICT curriculum committee. We are rewriting and updating our ICT curriclulum in grades 6-8 for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Keywords necessary to create this blog post: Professional Development, Coaching, Collaboration, Peer-Review, Team-Teaching, OECD-Report-2015, Designing courses, design, FlowCharts, WordPress FeedBack, Twitter FeedBack over “DM”, curation, blogs, blogging, Skype, PracTICE, Growth Mindset, Mindset SHIFT, 21st Century Mind, NOT enough time, impossible to catch UP with normal way of LEARNing, TOO many talking and NO action in Twitter Chats, NO seen results in Twitter Chats over +/- 1 1/2 years, NO analyzing in actually Twitter Chats :(((, NO quality LEARNing in Twitter Chats, GOOD try in Twitter Chats BUT NOT 21stCentury Mind behind, LEARNing-To-LEARN, UNDERSTANDING, EINSTEIN 6 years old kid quote, Synthesizing Mind, “Five Minds For The Future” PIC, Critical THINKing, Proactive THINKing, ranting friendly sometimes😉, constructive criticism, analyzing, adapting to any situation, OUT of a predefined scheme, THINKing OUTSIDE the box, creativity, different Mindsets, Howard GARDNER, Jackie GERSTEIN, paper.li (online collecting and reading), QUALITY TEACHING,

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