"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn" As teachers, professional development is an essential and non-negotiable element of our careers. Whether it is mandatory or teacher-chosen, professional development is imperative. Its need is not confined to keep your knowledge and skills up to date; it also fuels your passion and enthusiasm. While some teachers pursue professional development to accumulate certificates, thinking they are enhancing their careers, they end up with lengthy CVs with no real development.
Although professional development intends to help you improve your teaching skills and equip you with the best applications, it is evident, from experience, that the outcome might be frustrating for various reasons (e.g., Your presenter may lack engagement or clarity. The ideas and suggestions might be inapplicable or irrelevant. The content may be too complicated to be comprehended, too much to be digested, or simply too boring. You might be tired, preoccupied, or you might be forced to attend!) Regardless, the way you approach such opportunities can cost you a great learning opportunity. Not to mention, we must set an example for our students since we insist that they take responsibility for their own learning.
I will share some tips that have helped me get the most out of the professional development opportunities throughout my career:
In conclusion, professional development builds a strong foundation for you to stand on confidently. Actively pursuing professional growth is what distinguishes an outstanding teacher. You must refine your teaching skills to keep up with the fast pace of life today. Always remember that there is something new to learn every day; your enthusiasm and effort determine your gains.