How often have you heard teachers lament that their districts don’t train them on anything? Or venting that they’re expected to implement a new initiative without any additional training. I’ll admit it, I’ve been guilty of that myself. However, complaining doesn’t solve anything. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for venting. I could probably teach a graduate level course on it. But, we need to move past the complaining and the venting if we want to see real change.
So what do you do if you feel you’re not getting the training you need? The answer is quite simple. Train yourself. It’s not necessary to shell out the big bucks for an expensive conference. Although, I’ve loved everyone I’ve ever attended. You just need to tap into the expertise of colleagues, join a professional organization or two, take a class, and dare I say it, READ A PROFESSIONAL BOOK. Yes, I realize I was shouting on that last one. It just surprises me (quite frankly it irritates the heck out of me) how many teachers don’t seem to want to read a book in order to improve their craft. Over the next couple of posts I will share with you how I’m creating my own professional development. I’ll share my online resources, professional readings, professional organizations, and favorite ways to learn and get college credit. I’ll share in no particular order, so you’ll just have to relax and enjoy the ride right along with me.
As I begin my summer professional development I will be reading and reviewing for you Teach Like a Pirate, PBL in the Elementary Grades, The Core Six Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core, Less Stress for Teachers More Time & An Organized Classroom, and Math Sense The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction. This reading list will encompass the bulk of my summer PD. Though, as I mentioned earlier, I’ll share the other forms of my professional development as well.
So, for now I’ll leave you with this quote I found on edutopia.org by Kristen Swanson, teacher and Edcamper.
When professional development is created ‘for teachers by teachers,’ everyone wins.