Today we have early out and yet another round of professional development. The way we do our PD is a total waste of time. Yes, this year my department has spent time discussing what to give a former teacher from our department for her wedding, decorating for Halloween and how Halloween is most people’s favorite holiday. Another time was spent griping out some of the teachers in other departments.
I have nothing against PD, but would like it to be an actual chance to learn something. However, we can’t take the time to really learn something. Instead, we have to come up with something to study at the beginning of the year, then we spend time developing a lesson and testing the students. The problem is that we are always interrupting the students to give them a lesson and test them over something that we aren’t working on at the moment. So our data is not authentic to what we are learning.
I want to spend time learning something that is relevant to my students and what I teach. I will continue to grow and develop on my own as a teacher, sharing what I have learned.