The Terrifying Nature of Teaching Teachers

Chemistry Teacher with Students in Class

I tasked myself with conducting some professional development for my school’s staff this past Monday just before the students returned. I asked for it. Really. I did. I suppose I was lucky that my admin team allowed me to do it, but the prospect of standing in front of my fellow teachers and try to give them a new perspective, tools, and ideas to play with in their classes and course teams is sort of terrifying. Not terrifying because I’m deathly scared of speaking in front of others–I do it everyday in my classroom–no, terrifying because as any other educator knows, teacher professional development has a stigma around it. Let me explain. Continue reading