I am having the same reaction to the professional development classroom teachers are getting in my building w/ reader's and writer's workshop (is anyone familiar w/that?). i dropped in a on a workshop and couldn't believe what I was seeing....$27,000 (yup...you can pick your jaw up off the floor now!) that our PTA has spent each of the last 3 years to have consultants from Columibia Teacher's College to conduct these workshops. And it is how I have been teaching all along! Gee I could have a saved them a bunch of money! Oh well! I guess you value it more if you have to pay out the nose for it rather than if you find it right under your nose!