Currently there are five professional development days throughout the school year. Robert Ghiz recently added three more days and will add more in the future. These additional days are intended to help improve education but does it really help from a student’s perspective? If teachers apply what they learn from these conferences, there is definitely potential for positive changes in student learning experiences.
A noticeable observation in a classroom filled with peers is how they learn, in many different ways. This is why it is important that students can be taught concepts in a number of unique ways. Some students, for example, work well in pairs, or in groups and others work better alone. More PD days will mean greater opportunity for discussion about various ways of teaching and result in the creation of diverse lesson plans for students. With increased PD days could come more technology as teachers learn and implement modern lesson plans that help prepare students for university and their future. Today, adolescents are fascinated with technology and they associate it with learning. Incorporating more learning through technology will encourage students to pay attention and participate. Additional PD days provide teachers more time to focus on other important issues such as bullying, social issues, drug use and the need to improve our academic standards.
In the long run, more professional development days for teachers, transforms into long term gain for students. A variety of new methods of teaching, ways of dealing with current issues, new technology and the development of more creative minds could result from extra meetings. Teachers have the power to improve the education of youth and PD days aim to do just that.