Take time to focus on PD

Has your busy schedule pulled you away from your personal professional development plan? Now that you’ve been back to school for awhile, regroup and review your goals. Adjust and add to them as needed. You may find you have a clearer direction based on what your daily tasks involve. Ask yourself these questions:

* Do my goals ultimately impact student achievement?
* Have I used my online and fellow staff resources to gain knowledge effectively?
* What new technology have my students brought to my attention that I can learn more about?

It’s hard to keep from getting wrapped up in the busyness of your workday—your students are and should remain your focus. The best professional development is ongoing, collaborative, and obtained from working with students and understanding their culture. Continue to review your goals throughout the school year and adjust as needed to achieve success.

P.D. Tips courtesy of Atomic Learning