6 March 2016

Teacher Development and Resources

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My last post was on professional development and somehow, the need for continuous professional development lingers on my mind. Personally, there have always been three factors which make professional development relevant to me and which I always ask before taking a training course -

Will it be enabling? Will it be inspiring? Will it be empowering?

If the answer is yes to all those questions, then there is another question which follow:  Will that training open up new models of learner driven pedagogy which I can implement in my practices? 

Learning may be cooperative and at times, collaborative. However, it is an individual process and all learning is an individual choice. Learning is also an active choice
- the individual is engaged in his/her own learning process by doing.

If this is what educators ask from their students, what is stopping educators to learn themselves?

Professional development is not a luxury for educators. It is a constant practice of learning and of being an updated educator. Whether it is updating oneself on current trends in education to how best to use a particular digital tool in the classroom, it is through consulting open resources and carrying out professional development that one is able to remain relevant in the field of education.

Besides the choices of open education and training provided by institutions, there are also
resources which teachers can turn to.  Annenberg Learner  offers a video series , interactive lesson plans, and among other resources, a step-by-step how to create a rubric .

Educators need to realise that they need to be pro-active in their professional development. With the choices available today, educators need to develop their capacity and capability in innovative teaching and learning. It is no longer acceptable that one does not engage in life-long learning in any professional field, including education. More than ever, it is up to educators to take hold of their ownership of professional development.


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