Educators typically love learning, that is why we do what we do. However if you were to play a game of “Would You Rather” with educators and asked: Would you rather do manual labor or attend a professional development session, I have no doubt that the manual labor would win. Why is that? What’s the problem with PD?
When I posed this question to my digital learning network, the responses were varied .
Looking at the problems mentioned, they seem to fit into one of 5 generalizations. Key issues are busy lives, relevance, value, delivery, and fun. I created an infographic to elaborate.
Interestingly the majority of these issues can be remedied by applying our own good advice about teaching students to the task of teaching adults. There’s not much we can do about how busy educators are, but we can make the effort to ensure that professional development is relevant, valuable, and delivered in a way that is respectful of the expertise and differences of our adult learners. If we can also add an element of fun, PD can be a homerun.
I will explore HOW we can do that in the next post in this series, “A Recipe for Success.”