Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Importance of Professional Development
As for regularly appointed teachers most do not want it added on to instruction time. Last year I was in a school that had 2 hour periods for 9th graders. The place was like a zoo and the teachers were completely frazzled. Most schools had 1 hour periods, also too long for the average high school student. Some teachers would like to see small group tutoring, but many would not. They are exhausted at the end of the day.
I believe ATRs should have a full day of targeted PD a month. Some topics could be how to use a Smart Board, keeping electronic data, using data to design curriculum and instruction, etc.
Teachers should meet collectively to determine and vote on how best to use the time. What's completely obvious with PD is that one size does not fit all.