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What if Students Designed and Presented Staff Development?

Four years ago, a dear colleague of mine and I had an idea for a PBL in our AP Psychology classroom. There was a particularly large and very important unit called Cognition and Memory that we were looking to handle in a new way. When I think about all of the content that is taught in the AP Psychology course, some of it is more or less relevant to a student depending on their circumstances. What is relevant to ALL students is how they learn new information and remember that information into the future. Our idea, which I blogged about at the time here was to create a PBL where students would design for teachers a training on how memory and cognition works. Shortly after doing the PBL, I became an assistant principal at another high school and never did see the idea come to fruition.

I was reminded of this again today, when I came across this post from November Learning. What would happen if we included students in the design process of staff development? What would happen if students h…