Think of a school with teachers reluctant to participate in any kind of CPD sessions (Continuous Professional Development).
Is it possible for this school and its teachers to provide an impact on improving student achievement? The answer is definitely:
Because you can’t teach if you don’t learn.
According to Wikipedia CPD is:
“Many professions define CPD as a structured approach to learning to help ensure competence to practice, taking in knowledge, skills and practical experience. CPD can involve any relevant learning activity, whether formal and structured or informal and self-directed.”
In a blog post, I read some questions that describe the attitude of the dinosaurs in education. It described these dinosaurs as difficult colleagues who resist any kind of CPD. They keep asking these questions:
- Am I getting paid for it?
- What do I get out of it?
- Are you telling me I HAVE TO do this?
- I’ve been doing this for years, what is there to learn?
Most of the time these dinosaurs are:
- sorry about the colleagues who care about their CPD and
- they have a lack of passion for teaching,
- a know-it-all attitude and
- conviction that technology has nothing to add.
So what should we do?
Should we kill all dinosaurs?
Should we find a way to motivate them for CPD sessions?
We shouldn’t be so hard on these people because they feel insecure and fearful of being exposed as not being good enough.
On the other hand we should persuade them to attend CPD sessions maybe by being models and we shouldn’t let them teach with fossilized methods and practice laziness.
CPD prevents burnout and motivates teachers.