“CHANGE THAT EMANATES FROM TEACHERS LASTS UNTIL THEY FIND A BETTER WAY.”
Roland Barth- Improving Schools From Within
Ongoing, continual, lifelong…GROWTH.
Those should be the benchmark of ANY educator. Being a lifelong learner, striving to continuously hone a craft that tries (and too often fails) to keep abreast of all that is speeding along in our world.
In 2005, there were teachers I knew who still hated using a computer, rarely if ever checked their emails, fought tooth and nail not to look at the up and coming Smart Boards…yet, they also refused to see how their students embraced the same technology they pushed to the side.
As you’ve read on previous posts of mine, I do not advocate just tossing out the old that still resonates (Curse(ive)s, Foiled Again!). But, the times, they are a changin’, and too many in education are stuck in doing the same old thing just dressed up in new packages.
The worst part: too many look at Professional Development (PD) sessions as a waste of time OR as a day “off” from the school. My favorite teacher (then working in 6th grade) said, when she found out I was on my second Masters, that she “was done” with school/learning. Don’t you just love her? This is the same teacher who, when presented with a one and a half page Teacher’s Guide for a FREE Arts Education trip, refused to read it with the comment “I don’t have time to read.” Woe to her student who had that same excuse, though. BTW, just so you know I’m not just off on a rant tangent, she was also one of the very vocal teachers who tried to get out of going to any PD. Any.
Teachers Are Lifelong Learners
Below you’ll find a number of sites that deliver Professional Development content. I don’t feel that we should just buy into a new theory that was developed in an education lab but never really field tested in urban schools (Teacher’s College). I think we really need to look at HOW what should be taught can be done for the good of the students, not the assessment for numbers that we have in place.
The teacher AND principal who keeps in mind that they are role models, the adults who the kids see most of their waking hours, who have the ability to shape OUR future, and our children’s and theirs…and we should always be learning, to hone and embrace what we need to do to keep up with Planet Earth.