ERIC Number: EJ842789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: N/A
Should We Sacrifice Class Time for Professional Development?
Podulka, Michelle; Witort, Ron
Learning & Leading with Technology, v36 n8 p8-9 Jun-Jul 2009
Should teachers sacrifice class time for professional development? Two authors present their arguments to this question. The first author contends that teachers should definitely use class time for professional development. Technology is changing and growing all the time, and it is their job to prepare students for the world they will inherit. Professional development should be about supporting the learning process, and technology is a proven way of doing this. Therefore, all time spent doing this should be considered valuable. On the other hand, the second author contends that teachers should not sacrifice class time for professional development because the country is in the midst of an economic and budget disaster that has left schools with a shortage of money to pay even for basic supplies or the salaries of the teachers who still have their jobs. Schools should be in crisis mode, and there should be a total suspension of staff development programs for the duration of this downturn. In addition, teachers have 35-45 students in their rooms and need all the time they can get to teach.
Descriptors: Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Literary Criticism, Persuasive Discourse, School Administration, School Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States