But I was incredibly surprised how well everything went! Using those tried-and-true methods of remembering peoples' names and calling on their expertise and ideas was instrumental in this PD being successful.
- Be patient, especially if you're doing a hands-on PD. You must communicate through your words and actions that you respect teachers where they are.
- Try your best to remember peoples' names.
- If someone tries to high-jack your PD, I call upon their expertise by asking them a question like, "well, how would you use __________." Once they answer, I comment on their answer and move on.
- I try to let teachers have time to process information every 10 minutes. That can be through pair-and-share, putting comments on a Padlet, using Kahoot, basically, anything I would use as a formative assessment in class.
- Have food: candy, mints, something! The dollar store is great for getting some cheap treats.
What do you use when leading a PD?