Inquiry Project #1 – Why is professional development important for teachers?

As a becoming educator, there is always talk about professional development – presenters in class, posters on walls, and emails flooding my inbox – all promoting a professional development workshop or opportunity. Currently I am halfway through my fourth year of education and haven’t participated in any kind of professional development, yet I am curious. I have many questions about professional development. What benefits are there to being involved in professional development? Who benefits from professional development? How can I become more involved in professional development? Why is professional development important for teachers?

There’s no simple answer to any of these questions, and that is why I have decided to base my inquiry project around them. I am interested in learning more about professional development, and to see what it is like to participate in professional development. My goal for this inquiry project is to become more active in professional development and to reflect on my experiences over the course of the semester.

One plan I have to help achieve my goal is to become more involved in HOPE. HOPE is a student-lead group at the U of R promoting Health, Outdoor, Physical Education. I officially joined HOPE at the start of the 2014 Fall semester, but I couldn’t attend many meetings and didn’t take on any responsibility. My hope for this semester is to become more involved with HOPE: I want to attend more meetings and events, be involved in planning, take action and become an active member. I think that doing so will provide me with a better understanding of the time and effort that goes into professional development, and see how it can be beneficial.


About Adam Brock

My name is Adam Brock and I am a third year student at the University of Regina! I am currently in the Secondary Education Program, with plans to major in Mathematics and minor in Outdoor and Physical Education. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and look forward to travelling after my years at the U of R.

Posted on April 8, 2015, in Education Core Studies (ECS) 350, Inquiry Project, Inquiry Project #1 – Why is professional development important for teachers? and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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