One of the key terms I’ve heard a lot lately is “growth mindset.” We want our students to have a growth mindset in our classrooms, for them to be successful and to persevere when the going gets tough. Having a growth mindset means that we understand that our knowledge and understanding can increase with hard work and perseverance. As teachers, we also need to strive for that growth mindset for the success of our students.
A teacher should be a lifelong learner. Robert E. Lee stated, “The education of a man is never completed until he dies.” And there is so much for us to learn to be better teachers, to grow our students, to make the classroom fun, to engage our students, to help them read better or do math better or write better, but where is the time? We all struggle with time to learn more to grow as teachers.
That is why I want to share the PD Byte. A PD Byte is professional development at your fingertips. Literally just a click or two away. The Arkansas Public School Resource Center, with assistance from the Teacher Practice Network, has established a library of professional development opportunities that meet the needs of busy teachers who want to be on the forefront. These PD Bytes give teachers professional development when they need it, with topics they choose. By utilizing the PD Bytes, teachers are getting pertinent information, relevant to their needs in an efficient and effective avenue.
PD Bytes are not just for individual teachers to utilize for their personal growth, but they can also be used in PLC’s for training, mentoring other teachers, and as presentations to other groups of teachers. Teachers are encouraged to utilize and create presentations with these PD Bytes.
The library of PD Bytes is just beginning, but there are some excellent resources already available on incorporating various Social Media avenues in your classroom, assessments, content area topics and more. Take a look at the video below to learn how you can access a PD Byte.
Greenbrier School District
APSRC TPN Leader
Author -- Teacher Practice Network
We are a cadre of teachers from Arkansas and Oklahoma brought together through APSRC and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to empower teachers to find their own voice both in and out of the classroom.