Professional development is important, no matter what your profession is. But, if it is just “busy work” as my students will tell you they’ve had enough of, then it is a waste of time, and time is precious. Don’t get me wrong, I love to learn and I strive to be the best I can be as a teacher, a writer, and a horse lover. I also know we can all relate to wanting to poke our eyeballs out with a pen when we get stuck in a “professional development” meeting that is lame, and worse boring, and they didn’t even provide snacks!
If you want me to be engaged and you have a purpose in the learning, then make sure I’m
on board. Make sure it is relevant to what I do. Make sure that whoever presents the material knows what they are talking about and that they are flexible enough to move in directions the learners want to go, and that is still within the context of the development. Make sure you treat me like a living, thinking human being. Make sure there is coffee.
Are there places in your life where you need some “professional development?” I know there are in mine. I want to be a better spouse, a better mom, a better horsewoman, a better friend and neighbor. So, where do I go for this kind of professional development?
Suggestions for experts?
I hope they know the “Star Trekkin'” energizer so we start on a good note.