“Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession…”
Blah, blah, blah.
In my experience, it is hard for the Senior Leadership Team (Administrators to you in the US) to drive through an idea like ‘Mindfulness’ or ‘Closing the Gap’ without the support of the classroom teachers. Therefore, Senior Leaders will set common CPD goals to fit their vision of the school. They then leave one target as a ‘personal target’ set by the individual. This year, my personal target has also been suggested by members of the management team. Actually, I have received no less than 4 ‘suggested’ personal targets. These range from setting up a self-running Science Club to hosting a Professional Development Conference for other Science Subject Co-ordinators. It’s sad that my CPD has actually become my annual ‘to do’ list. CPD should be a reflection of your daily teaching practice or a new skill and be something a teacher wants to do. So here’s my secret. This blog is my CPD.
I’ve been at this teaching game for over a decade now. I think that means there is no escape now. As a ‘lifer’ I know you never stop learning in this job. Yet those (sometimes tough) lessons don’t always stick in your head unless you actively reflect upon them. So that is what this blog is.
Come along, join me, as I sail and/or slog my way through my day to day job as a Specialist Science Teacher for 7 to 11 year olds.
Love, cuddles & death stares,