Not so long ago, professional development for teachers meant a one of excursion to an off-site location. Teachers were the passive recipients of professional development.
Times have changed.
A teacher no longer has to be the expert in the classroom and a teacher no longer needs an expert to develop their skills.
Professional development for teachers can now be a self-motivated, anywhere, anytime event.
Change in education systems can be slow but the change from being a passive consumer of professional development to being an active seeker could determine how well teachers and students can perform at their best in a 21st century classroom.
My own personal professional development happens at any time of the day or night on any day of the week. The amount I learn each day often astounds me and exhausts me!
It is true that the more you know, the more you realise you don’t know!
Here are my top 10 ways to engage in Professional Development
1. Twitter – create a professional learning network (PLN) with other teachers. Share ideas. Give and receive advice. Find out more here.
3. Subscribe to my Tech Tools for Teachers Newsletter!
5. Talk to like minded teachers at your school or teachers around the world via Skype. Skype in Education is a great place to start.
9. Write a blog – there is nothing like self-reflective writing to help you learn.
10. Lurk, explore search the web. Don’t be afraid!
“If our teachers are still learning in traditional ways, they will continue to teach in traditional ways” Jeff Utecht
Are you a true lifelong learner?