Each week, Instant Meeting presents an idea or activity that you might use to make staff meetings more interesting, teacher-centered, educational, or fun.
See how many different and new ideas your teachers can collect on themes of interest to everyone by using this professional development for-teachers/by-teachers strategy.
One minute or less per teacher
"Instant Meeting" Idea
This simple idea is an example of the kind of for-teachers/by-teachers professional development that guarantees sharing of good, practical, and easy-to-use ideas.
Announce ahead of time (at the previous month's meeting, if possible) the theme for the next staff meeting's "Ideas in a Minute" session. Possible themes might include
Each teacher must come prepared to the Ideas-in-a-Minute session with a creative teaching idea -- one they have used successfully in the classroom -- tied to the announced theme. The idea must be easy to explain because teachers only have one minute or less to explain the idea.
Encourage teachers to present ideas that they don't think most other teachers have tried. You might even give out prizes for the best idea or ideas presented. You can choose the winner(s), or the entire staff can vote by secret ballot for the best idea(s). If the teachers vote, you might announce prize winners in your next staff memo.
When it comes to meeting day, teachers will come prepared.
Before the meeting you might appoint teachers to serve as
All teachers are bound to come away from "Ideas in a Minute" sessions with a handful of new ideas they can use to make learning in their classrooms more engaging. If they have any questions about the ideas, or if they want to collect any associated work sheets or props, they know which teacher to approach.
Is this a valuable way to share ideas? You might do a follow-up survey of teachers to see if this activity is a valuable use of time. You might inquire about how many of the Ideas-in-a-Minute ideas they have actually used.