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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Semi-profesional development

This week's Mr. Teacher column on is about something that is familiar to anyone who is a teacher.

Continuing education. Professional development. Boring summer classes. Whatever you want to call them, they are the required hours for the privilege of keeping your teacher certification.

Why is it though that teachers in those classes tend to act like the trouble students that we complain about?

Check it out, and see if you agree with my assessment.


Anonymous said...

Man you are absolutely correct. They sit and chat, make noise and come back from lunch late.

strangenewteacher said...

Being a newbie, I haven't had much experience in the PD department, but during my internships, I was always amazed at the teachers who chatted, passed notes, and texted during faculty meetings. I mean, just hours ago, they demanded their students' complete attention. Why can't they give the same courtesy at a faculty meeting? I know we are exposed to some boring stuff, but act like an adult and sit through it, man!

Anonymous said...

I agree with your assessment. I've been going to these things for 10 years now, and I can count on one hand the number of actually useful "professional development" activities I've attended...Teachers are discourteous (not me personally, of course) because the activity/presenter is dull and uninspired, there's no "time-out" or loss of recess for talking/inattention, and there's no test/assessment/grade at the end that a teacher can fail.