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Old 04-28-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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First off, has professional development courses helped you become more confident in your teaching style?
Some have been helpful, useful, and informative. Others were not. However, I believe that 99% of it is what you put into it. If you go in with the mindset that it's going to be a waste, it will be a waste. If you go in the mindset that you will find at least one new thing try to, one thing to feel better about, learn one new tool, meet at least new person you can network with, etc. you usually can. So much of it is your mindset.

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Also, do you think you should be responsible for ongoing development or do you think the district you work for should be responsible for ensuring all teachers continue to learn and absorb new techniques for their classrooms?
Well, I think it should be a mixture. I do think districts should have funds for at least some professional development for teachers. I don't think it's right to require teachers to pay for all of their professional development. However, I also understand they can't afford to pay for every teacher to go to everything that they want to learn about. I do think schools should offer some professional development, and in fact, when professional development is done as a school or as a district, I find it more helpful than when teachers from all over are there. My reasoning is that so often successful implementation of what they are teaching you depends on factors controlled by the school or district (expectations, resources, time, etc.). It's hard to implement it if your school or district isn't on board. If it's something put on by the school or district, chances are they are already on board (although I've been to some where they still weren't on board... ) I do think teachers should take ownership of professional learning, though in the sense of follow through, asking questions, reflective practice, trying what they learned, etc. However, the school needs to make sure there is an environment set up to allow for that.
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