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What's with Professional Development?

Updated: Feb 5




Hey there, folks! Ever noticed how professional development in schools can sometimes feel like a sitcom that's gone off the rails? Well, get ready for a dose of Seinfeld-style observations as we dive into the wacky world of PD. It's a workshop about nothing, and yet somehow everything! Let's explore the quirks and challenges that make professional development a unique adventure.

  1. The Overcomplicated Agenda: Have you ever attended a professional development session where the agenda is longer than a CVS receipt? It's like they're trying to pack an entire season of content into one episode. We're left scratching our heads, wondering how we'll ever find the time to implement all those new strategies while keeping up with our daily teaching duties. It's like a convoluted plotline that never quite resolves itself.

  2. The One-Size-Fits-All Approach: Professional development often feels like buying clothes labeled "one size fits all," only to realize they don't fit anyone quite right. We're a diverse group of educators with unique needs and experiences, yet we're expected to follow the same cookie-cutter approach. It's like Kramer showing up to a black-tie event wearing his signature Hawaiian shirt. It just doesn't work for everyone.

  3. The Lack of Follow-through: Remember that episode where George had a brilliant idea, but it never panned out? Well, professional development sometimes feels the same way. We attend workshops and trainings, fueled by excitement and inspiration, only to return to our classrooms and find ourselves facing the same old challenges. It's like a plot twist that never materializes, leaving us hanging in suspense.

  4. The Monotonous Presenters: Picture this: a professional development session where the presenter speaks in a monotone voice, putting even the most caffeinated among us to sleep. It's like watching Jerry Seinfeld deliver his jokes without any enthusiasm. A good PD session should be engaging, lively, and leave us wanting more. We need presenters who can bring the energy and captivate us like a great stand-up comedian.

  5. The Lack of Time: In the world of professional development, time is the arch-nemesis. It's like Newman popping up at every turn, causing havoc and making it nearly impossible to dedicate enough time for meaningful learning. Between grading papers, attending meetings, and juggling our personal lives, finding the time to dive deep into professional development can feel like an episode with too many subplots.

Conclusion: And there you have it, folks! Professional development in schools, a show that's equal parts comedy, drama, and the occasional plot twist. While it may have its quirks and challenges, it's important to remember that growth and improvement are at the heart of it all. If you are looking for something new that's engaging for educators and puts the schools and the teacher's needs first, then look no further! Try PD: The Experience https://www.peak-ed.com/pdte

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