Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What is your Professional Development Passion?

Big Ideas in this post:
  • Be singular in your Professional Development focus.
  • Professional development needs passioncommitment and accountability.
As educators, there are many areas of our practice that we would like to improve, change, revamp and even discard.  This is the time of year, during the final learning stretch before the summer break, that we think about our focus for the following year.  As educators, we take time to reflect and think about what worked with students, what to do more of and what to change.

Our district staff development department had a planning session with my favourite mentor Sharon Jeroski. I went away with a renewed belief that to have effective personal professional development, educators need to select one single focus, find a group of similarly minded educators that want to work together.  In other words, professional development needs passion, commitment and accountability.  There are always many aspects that we want to change but to be successful we need to focus on one singular item each year.  In our district, here are the broad topics for our action research learning teams that educators select as a focus of inquiry: assessment, critical thinking, diverse learners, ESL, french, healthy living, leadership, literacy, music, numeracy, social responsibility and technology.

We at the Computer Using Educators of BC hope that your focus includes the integration of technology into classroom instruction and that you will join us at our annual fall conference.  Our theme this year is "Turning the Classroom...on the Edge of 2.0".

Feel free to comment on this blog post.  What is one thing you would like to implement, tackle or take on next year?  What is one problem that you would like to change?  What significant thing would you like to accomplish?
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