For years, professional development went a lot like this: (1) You sit. (2) An outside expert or consultant talks. (3) You listen. Many teachers jokingly refer to this format as “Sit ’n’ Git.”

In the last few years, teachers have started turning this model on its head with “unconference” gatherings like Edcamp, Cue Rock Star, and PLAYDATE, and with online tools like Meetup, Twitter, and blogging. The community-driven experience creates a chemistry and a sense of common purpose not found in traditional PD. “We learn so much from watching one another, not talking ‘at’ each other or reading a PowerPoint,” says Joanne Miller, who teaches fourth grade at Pride Elementary in Deltona, Florida.

Finding a safe, supportive venue to bounce around ideas regularly—whether in a group face-to-face, on a blog, in a staff meeting, with a friend, or alone in your journal—can be crucial to professional growth.

“Teachers can easily use the principles of the Edcamp model to bring unconference-style professional development opportunities to their schools,” says Daniel Scibienski, an Edcamp organizer and ESL teacher at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ready to make your own PD? Here are 10 teacher-tried ways to do it on your own terms.