A Guide to Teacher Professional Development
We define an effective professional development as a standard professional learning that had resulted due to the changes that occur in the change in the practices of the teachers and the development in the learning outcomes of the students. There are various ways in order for the person to be efficient in terms of professional development and it needs to be incorporated so that one can achieve the ideal outcome.
First you need to consider that the PD is focused into the teaching strategies that is associated with the specific curriculum content which aims to support the teacher learning that is within the context of the teacher’s classroom. It includes the focus in the discipline-specific curriculum improvements and pedagogy in various areas like in mathematics, literacy and also in science.
ANother element worth considering is the active learning that will aid the teachers in engaging directly to designing and then trying out various teaching strategies, while providing them the opportunity to engage in the same kind of style of learning made for their students. Such PD utilizes an interactive activities , and other sort of strategies that provide an embedded and contextualized professional learning that is important in the development. The good thing about this approach is that it get rid of the traditional learning models and the lecture based environments and it has no direct connection to the teachers’ classroom and to their students.
It is also important that the PD supports collaboration where it allows the teachers to collaborate and share their ideas of their learnings, sometimes in the contexts that are job-embedded. In working collaboratively, many teachers can create a community that can positively make changes to the instruction and to the culture of the entire level, department, and school of the grade school.
Another element to consider is if the PD uses the models for the practice to be effective and efficient. There are various curricular models and modelling instructions that gives a clear vision into the best kind of practices to look like. The teachers need to view the models that will include the lesson plan, observation of the peer teachers and sample works of the student, and other models.
It is also important that the PD can provide expert support and also the a good coaching to the teachers especially those who really needs it. Finally, the expert support in terms of coaching will eventually involve the share in terms of the expertise of the content and at the same time the practices that is evidence-based, that is focusing directly to each of the needs to the teacher in their teaching.