Every school year, before the students arrive, the teachers in our district go through two days of Professional Development. For me, these days are really beneficial. Today was one of those days. We were divided up by grade levels and discussed updated curriculum and shared ideas with one another.
What I love most about these professional days is the collaboration between the teachers. We all come from different schools and we share ideas about what works in our classrooms and teach each other instructional games that have been successful for us. With so many of us working together today, we were able to leave with many new ideas to help our new batch of Kindergarteners have fun learning this year.
The room was filled with veteran teachers as well as new ones right out of school and it is essential that we work together and collaborate as a team because in the long run, it is the students who will benefit! Ongoing professional development is what keeps us up-to-date on how children learn and different resources and tools we can use in the classroom. I always look forward to these days.
One more day of professional development tomorrow and then….bring on the kids!