Sample Professional Development Topics

Using a flipped classroom model, teachers are invited to participate in modules on a learning platform at their leisure. This includes video presentations, audios, articles and other relevant resources. During our synchronous time, teachers collaborate, share, and ask questions. This model allows for a deeper level of interaction and engagement.

Contact Julie (sochacki@hartford.edu) to get your teachers started or use these guiding questions to create your own professional development.

Overarching Questions: 

Why are wellness and resilience practices critical for teachers?

How can we make connections with students and build a community of learners?

How will promoting developmentally appropriate standards of behavior support a productive learning environment for all students?

 

How can we maximize instructional time effectively by managing routines and transitions?

Guiding Questions:

How does a foundation of self-care allow us to be our best in the classroom? 

How can University of Pennsylvania’s Resilience Skill Set support you to become more resilient both in and out of the classroom?

Strengths: How can using your top strengths to engage authentically, overcome challenges and create a life aligned to your values support your teaching practice?

Self-awareness: How can your ability to pay attention to your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physiological reactions support your teaching practice?

Optimism: How can your ability to notice and expect the positive, to focus on what you can control and to take purposeful action support your teaching practice?

Connections: How can your ability to build and maintain strong trusting relationships support your teaching practice?

Mental Agility: How can your ability to look at situations from multiple perspectives and to think creatively and flexibly support your teaching practice?

Self-regulation: How can your ability to change your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physiology in the service of a desired outcome support your teaching practice?

In what ways can I model empathy, kindness and compassion in my classroom?

How can I build trust with my students?

What are some ways that I can empower my students through their strengths?

How can I teach towards students’ learning preferences?

In which ways does my classroom practice align with a growth mindset? 

How can I welcome mistakes--both via discussions and formative assessments--as part of the learning process?

How can I create opportunities for students to set goals in my classroom?

How can I create opportunities for students to reflect on their learning?

How can classroom meetings support a productive learning environment for all students?

 

How can I support students who regularly challenge me? (What is really happening?)

How can routines support your teaching practice and student success?

How can smooth transitions support your teaching practice and student success?

 

What is your routine for starting your class? 

 

What is your routine for ending your class?

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