Viral Video Misses Real PD Problems

This much-viewed clip of a recent PD session in Chicago isn't necessarily indicative of bad PD or illustrative of PD in general, says LA-area teacher Paul Bruno.  It's engaging, clear, and practical (and just a minute long so who knows about the rest).

"I'm not sure that that one-minute clip above is really representative of the deeper problems with professional development," he writes.

The real problem with PD according to Bruno is that it's often trendy and vague, impractical, and delivered by trainers who can't tell teachers how to implement what they're advocating. Plus which, teachers like most people don't like to have to learn new things or make changes.

What do you think?  Also -has anyone figured out where the video was taken, and even who took it? Is there a longer clip?

 

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