Professional Development

In addition to the TeachMeet post I responded to a post by Colin Becker, a new blogger (not that I’m that long in the tooth).

Colin questioned Professional Development looking at the possible use of blogging as a means to generate accountability in PD. I think he has a good point. In England we have Professional Reviews each year where we set targets at the beginning of the year and then meet with line managers to discuss how we met those targets at the end of the year. Blogging PD would be a good target for any teacher.

The whole idea of PD (CPD in the UK) needs reviewing and I think that is happening in some ways. The conclusion is going to be some kind of online network or blog or community. But this is going to be a long time in the making.

If I were a Headteacher, I think I might use your idea and ask my staff to create a blog detailing their PD for the year, or their time at that school. It is a great starting place for accountability. Currently, it seems to me, thousands of pounds are wasted each year on little day trips with nice lunches. But even where the PD courses are good it would be excellent practice to see a blog post about what was learned and how it might help others in the school etc.

I am expecting Professional Development to change on a large scale in the next decade, but for me, right now, I have changed my PD by using the web to develop my PLN (Personal Learning Network) using essential tools:

  1. Twitter
  2. Diigo
  3. Podcasts
  4. Blogs
  5. MirandaMods
  6. Ning networks
  7. EdTech RoundUp

More about developing a PLN in a future post.

Professional Development

2 thoughts on “Professional Development

  1. Pam Thompson says:

    Accountability for PD seems to be a problem everywhere. I think the idea of a blog to reflect/record PD is an excellent idea, but I think we have two obstacles to it. One is that, unfortunately, there are still many teachers who question the point of PD and see it more as an opportunity for those “day trips”, and two, the resistance to put time and effort into something like a blog (probably the same people come to think of it). Still, if we chip away and get more teachers to see the value of blogging and search our relevant and practical PD we’re heading in the right direction.

  2. daibarnes says:

    Thanks for commenting Pam. I agree with what you say but I think there is a possibility that some of those we think might resist will have an opportunity to impress their colleagues and their Headteacher(s). I can think of many teachers in my school who might engage with blogging if they felt it was being read by others. Not necessarily the cynics and skeptics, but certainly some who are not online with their teaching….yet.

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