- How has professional development changed since you started teaching? What has been gained/lost?
- Which events/courses/insets have had the most impact on your teaching over the past 12 months?
- What further training would you like for (a) yourself and (b) for your school/colleagues next year?
- With shrinking CPD budgets, how can schools continue to develop their teachers?
- Do schools use the talents and skills of their staff to develop other staff effectively?
- What role can technology play in CPD?
- What do you think the future of CPD will be over the next decade?
- And finally… Share your most inspirational, funny and bizarre CPD moments.
Professional development has changed so much is just a decade since I finished my initial teacher training, partly because the needs of the profession have changed, but also because of the barriers and limits, particularly financial, which have meant that teachers now have to do more for less. The chat discussion began with this point, and almost all chatters suggested that in-house training had increased in recent years and outside CPD providers had moved from being from the local authority to being private companies and/or consultants.
Next the chat turned to recent courses/CPD which had made an impact and which type of courses they would like for themselves and their school next year. Teachmeets were mentioned many times, but otherwise see the myriad of different things participants mentioned in the archive.
Chatters spoke at length about the greater impact that sharing between colleagues within their school seemed to yield verse presentations of visiting experts. Some suggested that this was because improvement and impact could happen over a longer period when their was an ‘in-house expert’ to help other staff. Yet some participants felt that schools didn’t always use the expertise which they had ready to hand, stating that this was highly variable between schools.
Throughout the hour, the importance of Twitter and other social media to connect to other educators and education professional was repeatedly echoed, and many felt that this was their main source you classroom inspiration and professional development.
The final stage of the discussion looked to the future of CPD. Many felt that technology would play an even greater role. Sadly, many voiced their concerns that funding for developing teachers would be further cut, and that teachers would need to find even more innovative ways to collaborate and learn together.
Luckily, teachers are good at that!