Response to Richardson article
There are a number of areas of need related to professional development that will be necessary to move staff along the path to personal learning. However, before any formal PD training happens, we need to reevaluate our idea of school. Our classes must look different. We need to be willing to let go of control. “We have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, because we don’t know the exact direction that a class will go when we walk in. “ (p. 24)
Since personalized learning is a new way of viewing education, we will also need to see professional development in a new way. While some more traditional PD will be needed (technology, PLP development, etc.) we also need help in getting students to see themselves and their role in their own education differently. They may not be comfortable with this additional responsibility. “In some cases, students have real dif- ficulty identifying what they love, or at least how what they love might work its way into their personal curriculum. Stutzman’s colleague at Hunterdon Central, Megan Dornhauser, says that her role as a teacher is to help her students see the connection.” (p. 24)
To me the major question if how to maintain the big picture of making a systemic change while also identifying the nuts and bolts of what is needed PD-wise.