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“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” – Albert Einstein.
Why is CPD important for teachers?
CPD is likely to affect attitudes and approaches and therefore, contribute to improve the quality of learning and teaching process.
Teachers who focus on CPD tend to have a huge positive effect on motivation and enthusiasm.
The link between CPD, happiness and well-being of a teacher
Stress and burnout are increasingly associated with the teaching profession due to excessive workload and dealing with students and colleagues consequently affecting a person’s well-being adversely.
High quality CPD supports the teachers to deal with such challenges efficiently and overcome the sense of low well-being.
Support of your colleagues is of paramount importance as it is a way of encouraging positive working relationship within your school. Small changes could have a meaningful and powerful impact on other teachers by boosting their well-being.
CPD training programs for teachers
CPD training programs should firstly be aware of and address the specific needs of teachers. Once, they have been identified, proper activities must be planned to support the teachers in applying their knowledge and teaching methodologies confidently.
Professional development is not only dependent on informal and spontaneous learning of teachers from one another but also relies on prior knowledge. Sharing exisiting knowledge with one another is also a valuable tool for development.Primary teachers tends to identify wider benefits that go beyond their personal learning like working with colleagues, impactful pupil learning and addressing immediate school needs.
Many online courses are available to develop teaching skills with an in-depth, short development courses that are easy to fit around your timetable. The best part is, you can start learning free of cost whether on your desktop, mobile or tablet.
Secondary teachers are more likely to participate in CPD training programs for long term goals. An example of successful mentoring program for teaching is Osaava Verme in Finland. It is a wide network that aims at providing a life-long continuum ofteachers’ professional development by building bridges between pre-service andin-service teacher education.
CPD training can be self-directed and informal too. Reading professional journals in order to keep up to date with teaching developments, attending short courses that meet the training needs identified by the professional themself. Feedback from peers, colleagues and students may also inform professional practice and CPD.
Online training programs to enhance CPD