My pre-k colleague and I went to this professional development session with hopes of taking away information to better our practice. We were in a library of a lovely school with other pre-k teachers in our school district. Most of them had many years of teaching experience and gave off the impression that they shouldn't have to attend these sessions and they knew all there was to teaching. Although I do agree that some of the ideas the DOE was pushing into pre-k was not "developmentally appropriate," any personal feelings one may have against their principal should be kept private. Most of the teachers spent the entire day bashing their principal for lack of support, withholding pre-k money, or not knowing what they were doing at all. These were teachers in schools near my own. Listening to them compare their administrator to ours was a bit uncomfortable. The crew presenting the professional development sessions could have presented all the information in less than the 5 to 6 hours it actually took.
What did I learn from this Professional Regression Session? Many teachers hate the person running their school. It really makes me appreciate my school community.