“For most educators working in schools, professional learning is the singular most accessible means they have to develop the new knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to better meet students’ learning needs.” Learning Forward
We all know professional learning is important. But with limitations of time and money, the journey to build our knowledge becomes even more of a challenge.
Even with the barriers mentioned above, there are still many sources of professional learning that may be available to you. All you need to do is know where to find them.
“Development is something that happens to you; learning is something that you make happen.” Fred Ende, SmartBlog on Education 3/19/15
4 Ideas for Busy Teachers
- Webinars/ Online Courses: Attending webinars and online courses allows you the freedom of choosing when, where and what you want to learn. Plus, many webinars are free (not all).
- Shared Resources: Many educators are sharing resources for other educators to use in their classroom. Lesson plans, lists of apps, project ideas, as well as educational tools are just a few of the resources you can find.
- Newsletters/Blogs: Many people working in education are blogging or creating newsletters with information that may be useful to your profession. Using an RSS reader or subscribing to newsletters/blogs that interest you can be a great way to bring the information you want to your email inbox.
- Social Media: Social Media is increasingly being used to connect and network with other educators. You no longer need to be secluded in your classroom. You can easily connect with other educators to learn and grow using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and other outlets.
Kent ISD created the pdNOW website making all of these resources readily available to educators in one spot. On the pdNOW website you will find webinars, online courses, shared resources, newsletters, blogs, social media and other professional learning tools. Which means pdNOW can be your solution for educational webinars and learning resources.
Please know that you are not alone. Everyone is busy and struggling to be more efficient so that their students can be engaged and achieve success. If you have ideas, please share them in the comments below. The more we share the better we can all be for our students, and that is what professional learning is all about!