How do I get the most out of training?
- Consider what type of professional development appeals to you – these include: lectures, workshops, trainings, conferences, college classes or distance learning opportunities like video, satellite or internet training
- Consider location and time of day
- Always identify two things you want to learn from a topic
- Ask the presenter afterwards if your question was not answered
- Ensure the training has relevance for you
- Take notes during the training ¡V you can reflect later
- IMMEDIATELY after – write down three ideas you want to remember, do or change in your work with children and families
- Implement one new idea at a time – give it time – children need time to adjust to new activities and materials in the classroom too
- Hang training information in your classroom or center as friendly reminders
- Incorporate training information into your displays – one teacher posted lovely questions to ask children all around the room as a reminder to herself
- Share your experience with someone – we find the more your talk about a topic the more you remember to “do” it
- Reread all information a week or two after the training
- Maybe set a goal to become a center expert on ONE particular topic. One teacher became the center expert on blocks and how to help children use and learn with them.
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