Free, Differentiated Professional Development
This was the second of a pair of workshops (see Dec. post). The first one provided an introduction to the tech. tools and thissecond one was to provide teachers with time to create something using the tool. It was teachers teaching teachers and was at no cost to the district.The rudeness of many of our colleagues was distressing. Teachers skipped the workshop, complained about having to go, complained about being required to participate, complained about being required to learn a new technology, went to the workshop and did nothing, returned to present to their departments with nothing prepared, and were generally very rude. This is not to say all of the teachers behaved like this, just enough to make it really unpleasant. As a group, the Grassroots Technology Group was made to feel like "the man" telling others what to do when in actuality we thought we were providing something more useful than the usual PD. As a group, the teachers who had run the workshops debriefed with each other and as a result we are considering not offering to provide this service again.
I wonder why the teachers showed such disrespect. In their classrooms, teachers do not tolerate their students doing the things that they did to their colleagues. Can you imagine a teacher allowing a student to do other work in class? Yet they think nothing of doing it when they take a class. I have many ideas, but would love to hear yours.