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Old 06-17-2020, 08:20 PM
 
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My school and district (and probably many others) is quite notorious for providing "PD" that is so out of touch with what actually happens in K, such as providing a 5th grade example, and telling us to "tweak it" to make it "work for our classrooms." Why do they not realize that they can't offer the same PD to all the teachers? Well they really did a good one this year. At the end of the year we had to do an online PD related to virtual learning. One of the examples was from COLLEGE, and we were told to think about how it could apply to K-12. I think the example was something about "student engagement." Yeah, I'm sure my kiddos next year who can neither read nor write (never mind type) are going to be engaged in very similar ways as college students. Yeah. Sure.

How much did they spend on this PD?


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That is so frustrating! I swear that 95% of PD has no bearing on kindergarten. We really are our own world! All of this talk about distance learning is such a joke when all of the research and everything is at college level, or at best high school. Yeah - like that relates to 5 year olds at all.
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I swear that 95% of PD has no bearing on kindergarten. We really are our own world
Yes, this! This is why I posted specifically on the kindergarten board. I knew many (or all) of you could probably relate. What if we taught like they teach PD?

I honestly think sometimes that they do it just so they can claim to have given us "PD" and "resources."

I know my teammates and I have sometimes tried to ask them what to do in K as what they're talking about is not developmentally appropriate for K, and they get all offended and upset, sometimes even barely stopping short of calling us "insubordinate." And yet, no one will ever model said new "strategy" for us.
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And yet, no one will ever model said new "strategy" for us.
Because even though they say their training is good for K-6, none of them honestly know how to bring it down to the K level!
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I agree. Most of the PD is never geared to our kindergarten. Most of the time it is K-6 or even K-3, but the examples and models are from third grade and we are supposed to tweak it.

A few years ago we had state training on writing. They split us up into our grade level groups and had it on different days so we thought we finally were going to get developmentally-appropriate training that we could apply in our classrooms. Wrong! It was the same presenter and she gave the same presentation to each group. Then got very offended when we asked how it applied to kinderarten.

Kindergarten is its own entity. It shouldn't even be lumped in with Grades 1-3.


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Kindergarten is its own entity. It shouldn't even be lumped in with Grades 1-3.
I totally agree! If I was better at feeling like I knew what I was doing with this sort of thing, I'd almost want to create my own PD and travel around helping K teachers around the country. Alas, I am by no means an expert on teaching K. I just do my best, but my best knows that so much of what they "teach" us in PD is highly developmentally inapproprite and unreasonable (as are many K standards and expectations, but that's another story ).
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I swear that 95% of PD has no bearing on kindergarten. We really are our own world
The only people who know this are those that have taught or teach kinder. In my district K-5 trainings feature 3rd grade examples and K-2 feature 2nd grade examples its a no win situation.
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