Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Professional Development Requirement Is A Complete Waste Of Time!
In the schools that I have rotated to this year, the professional development time has been of no value. Its usually about planning or student essay writing evaluations and a chore not to fall asleep. While I know this was Chancellor Carmen Farina's idea, the UFT should not let it continue beyond the school year. since they must agree to the extension.
Few teachers look forward to the professional development and are counting the minutes until it ends so that they can flee the school and do more meaningful activities. Maybe if the professional development involved the most efficient use of technology in the classroom, or how to better use online grade books, the use of the Microsoft Office suite, and other interesting teacher-directed activities. Instead its administrator directed boring chores.
The best use of the time is to add it back to the classroom or use it for small group tutoring for struggling students at the end of the school day. This brain numbing professional development requirement just makes our teaching duties that much worse. Being forced and coerced into professional development makes it a losing proposition. Let's get rid of the professional development requirement and fast!