Now, don’t get me wrong… Professional Development is perhaps the most important thing a teacher and a school as a whole can undertake to benefit their student’s. However, I have noticed a problem throughout the years: once a teacher undertakes some form of PD, they immediately implement it and then after a short period, quickly stop. Is it out of excitement to try something new? Is it just the rush of energy?
I will admit, I’ve been guilty of this too. I go to a PD session, rush to implement something new, and then a few weeks or months later, have it slide out of my teaching repertoire. Why do I let this happen? It definitely comes down to time availability, and also the lack of momentum after the PD. No matter how much I try, it always happens. Has anyone else experienced this peak and crash?