Little Things Make a Difference

Many people expect teachers to give up their time for professional development willingly. Unfortunately, we do take advantage of the little time a teacher has. If we can offer some incentives for participation in professional development, it can often go a long way.

Some of the ideas I've come up with include:

  • Offering any training sessions for credit
  • Door prizes to be given away at the end of the workshop
  • Money
  • USB key drive
  • Digital camera
  • Gift certificates
  • Laser pointer
  • Conference fees
  • Software
  • CD case
  • palmOne handheld
  • Laptop

Most of these items come with a price: You can ask teachers for their time so they can demonstrate their learning and integrate technology with their students.

Submitted by:Christine Archer

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