Teachers – Getting Started & Next Steps

A Guide for An Effective 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 elements that one can incorporate to achieve the effective professional development and to be able to attain the goal of providing the best teaching method to the students and at the same time good approach.

One of the most important element is the need of rhte PD to be focused in the teaching strategies in association with the specific kind of the curriculum content supporting the teacher learning within the scope of teachers’ classroom contexts. Development in discipline-specific curriculum is the primary focus of this element and pedagogies in subjects like mathematics, science, or in literacy.

Make sure also that the PD incorporates an active learning that will aid the teachers especially in directing the design and to experiment on various teaching strategies thus providing them with ac chance to engage in the same kind of style of learning that is specifically designed for the students. This kind of PD will make use of various interactive activities and some other strategies to provide deeply embedded and highly contextualized professional kind of learning for the professionals like teachers. 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 this way the teachers can be able to create a kind of community that will help to change the instruction and the culture of the whole grade level, school, and the department.

Next, consider also if the PD utilizes an effective kind of practice that is helpful for the teachers. There are various curricular models and modelling instructions that gives a clear vision into the best kind of practices to look like. The teachers needs to be able to view on their lesson plans, sample student works, and unit plans, as well as the video and the written cases of their teaching and this can be easy with the use of the proper PD.

It is also important that the PD will aid in coaching and at the same time an expert support to the teachers especially in their teaching where they are to share their expertise and knowledge. The expert support and the coaching will involve the sharing of the knowledge and expertise in the evidence-based practices and in he content, which is focused more in the individual necessity of the teachers.

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