As teachers, we hear the words professional development, and we run for the hills. For us, professional development means hours of sitting in a chair and listening to a trainer preach about a new tool, strategy, or concept that will revolutionize our classrooms. We don’t expect our students to learn this way, so why should teachers? Allison Gulamhussein doesn’t either. She defines and explains 5 principles for making professional development effective.
So how does this relate to my school? The majority of the teachers at my school are scared of technology. If I can provide ongoing, active, and specific support for different types of technology tools, software, and programs, I believe that those same teachers will be able to connect and teach to their students more effectively.