Whenever PD is mentioned most teachers cringe and get a negative idea in their head of sitting in a cafeteria or auditorium listening to someone ramble on about how we should be teaching. Most think PD adds more work to their already full load. And sometimes this is true. Having an entire school of teachers sit in front of someone giving a lecture is never going to be beneficial to everyone. But there is a better way.
In most cases we do not have to reinvent the wheel, simply improve upon what we already have. Incorporate teacher input into PD classes, gear them toward individualized learning, utilize smaller learning groups, and put more responsibility on the learner.
It is time to make a change and start using 21st century teaching styles to educate our teachers just like we do our students. It is not feasible to think that getting an entire group of educators that teach all different subject areas in the same room and lecturing to them will benefit them. It is time that we start educating our teachers the same way we want our students educated. Teachers deserve an opportunity to have PD that is dedicated to their field of study, not just a generalized class that is made for all subjects.
This professional development plan has been put together with the teacher and their learning paradigm placed foremost. I have created two agendas (First , Second) with more to follow as I see the needs of my colleagues. It is a work in progress and I know I will tweak it and add to it as needed along the way. Changes will have to be made to ensure that my learners are receiving the best and most current information possible.