Sharing learning targets and the agenda with staff is always a first step in our Thursday PD sessions. I used to post the agenda in a standard list format on a piece of chart paper. As I wrote in my last post on infographics, I’m a big fan of using visuals to enhance a message. So rather than posting PD agendas in a boring old list, I’m now creating visual agendas. One benefit of creating visual agendas is that the experience provides me with a clear picture of where I intend to lead teachers. Additionally, this process helps me storyboard the entire professional development session. As I plan I am able to see possible gaps or misunderstandings prior to PD which allows me to sharpen the agenda and subsequently the teacher’s take-aways.
As a teacher attending professional development I appreciate when my interest is sparked and the learning is clear. Visual agendas help with this.
I’ve shared a few examples below. You can create them electronically or with good old butcher paper. Hopefully they will inspire you to use more visuals to enhance your instruction.
Thanks for reading!