*Disclaimer - I understand that not all professional development is useful...just try to stick with me on this one*
- Don't be That Guy - You know the guy, he is the one that squirms in this chair like he is 4 years old and constantly mumbles negative comments under his breath, as if he needs another outlet to display to everyone that he is not happy at all about being there....this guy absolutely annoys me to no end. I understand that you may not want to be there, but I realize that complaining doesn't get you out of PD and it makes it worse for everyone at the table with you so....just please don't be that guy.
- Give The Presenter a Chance - It really kills me to see teachers who automatically dismiss what a presenter is saying before actually listening to what is being proposed. Many teachers will come to the decision that the material is not doable and that they simply will not be "doing it" within the first few minutes of the presenters opening remarks. To me if a district is spending money on a program or a presenter and wanting to implement change, it is disrespectful for us as teachers to dismiss their efforts immediately.
- If It's That Bad, Then find Something Productive to Do - This is my favorite. I always have a back up plan for every PD session I attend. I will take graduate work, classroom work, or just a pen and paper for writing blog posts. I would rather do something positive by being productive rather than allowing myself to be negative during a PD session.
For the last part of this post, I would like to hear your tricks for staying positive during PD sessions....or maybe even good PD stories.