The eLearning Buzz: Through the Looking Glass - Teacher Self-S...: Over the past few months I've been reading about, and investigating issues around, teacher self-study. (Another form is Action Research ...
This post was written almost two years ago now. I'm about to start my final Masters paper and have started to think again about all the learning that has happened over the past few years. I'm also looking forward to finishing this paper and beginning more study.
My reason for revisiting and reflecting on this post is because I've just finished reading a post by Edna Sackson - Teachers' Action Research. The full post can be found at http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/teachers-action-research/ and is well worth the reading and reflection. What are your views on teacher responsibility for professional development and learning?
What percentage is our responsibility and what is that of the schools in which we teach and learn? How far along the continuum are you as a learner alongside your students? Do we 'walk the talk'?
Edna asks an important question: "How can we create new models of professional learning in our school that help build our learning community, while embedding our learning principles in our practice?"
I've taught in schools where teacher responsibility for professional learning is expected and valued and it really does lead to rich conversations and exciting learning - both for the teachers and for the students.
What happens in your schools in terms of Action Research / Professional Learning? Do you value different forms of Social Media as part of your daily professional learning? e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Scoop.It, LinkedIn. How do you receive professional development - when and from what sources? Does it happen because you're part of a contract and it's expected or do you take responsibility for your own learning? Afterall, it's what we expect of our students...
I really like this quote and have had many discussions over the years around this. I believe that you can have 'expertise' in an area but, the moment you think you are an expert is the moment you stop learning.