I believe that there is nothing more frustrating than attending professional development that you didn't ask for nor need. I have sat in several of those sessions and my mind just does not cooperate. There is that rare occasion when something clicks and I receive an Ah-Ha! moment but for the most part....nothing! Knowing how discouraging this is for me makes me even more determined to change that for my teachers and administrators.
Enter "Which-Which" PD for educators. About 8 months ago, my husband and I went to the popular sandwich shoppe, "Which-Wich". The premise is that you decide everything about your meal by requesting it on a paper bag that then turns into your food delivery system. While making my choices, I snapped a quick photo of my bag and thought that I could really differentiate PD by using this type of system. (Plus I like crafting). I tried it out during a summer session and it was magical.
My session was on K-4 Science Literacy and 5th grade Science Inquiry. The first half of the day was introductions to those topics; along with resources. Before the lunch break, I passed out the decorative bags and asked teachers to plan their "menu" for the afternoon session. They were thrilled to say the least. Teachers were able to choose exactly what they wanted/needed for their afternoon PD. A new differentiated way of presenting PD was born.
Since then I have used the bags in approximately 20 sessions- all with great enthusiastic feedback. You never know what restaurant, movie, song, or experience will inspire you as an educator. Tonight I am binging on "Little House on the Prairie". Watch out world!