Research project: One of the roles of public education is to support student learning and growth. Administrators believe that the process teachers use to educate students will work on teachers. After all, how many professional developments start with the same agged ice-breakers used on students. Educational Leaders are just wrong. They are out of touch. Worst, those in control of education do not commit the resources need to make professional development effective in training teachers in allowing for student growth. Instead of real classroom changing PD, teachers sit through one day wonder sessions that go nowhere. If a student was to show up for a semester long class on pre industrial American History there would be many expectations of what a semester long class requires from that student. Instead, the student has a six hour long session facilitated by math teacher. This sound impossible. However teacher professional development is exactly the same thing. It is often not conducted by a professional in the field. PD should be as many hours as a college level course, but instead is a single day. PD sucks.
Sources: I was worried at first that all I would for source would be Edutopia articles. Edutopia is good, but it aint no graduate level source. I hunted and searched and found some great sources. If I were to continue this project I would even seek out a few of the authors and try to learn more.
First Draft Done: I have turned in my first draft. I am o.k. with the paper. My first paper in many years and I know my writing isn’t what it should be. I was going to hire a guy who has a Ph.d. and teaches writing as my editor, pay him in dinners, but he has left the country to elope.
Mood: I worry. Maybe it is because, like Woody Allen, I’m a Sagittarius. Worry is just something we do. We live in a world where the second show is going to drop, followed by several more shoes, shoe boxes, the shoe rack, and shoe store’s ceiling. This first term is almost done but there are a few more hoops I need to jump through before I can rest.