Reflective PD Model for Learning

What might a reflective professional development model for learning look like? We’ve all experienced the consumer model of professional learning where workshops are offered, we select from a menu of choices and passively take in the learning. These knowledge centred approaches, while popular, provide little in terms of long term change.

What if professional learning provided time for conversation and reflection? A professional learning model that allowed us to make meaning by reflecting on our practice. Since we are constantly revising and reconstructing our knowledge, these sessions would need to be defined by the participants, not the organizers. This would mean giving up traditional parameters of control in the design of the learning and probably end up looking more like an EdCamp model for learning. EdCamps are participant-driven while traditional professional development is organizer-driven. These become more learning sessions that training sessions.

This feels like more than just a shift in semantics.

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