Have you ever thought about how you learn? We’re in academia, so I’m sure at one point or another you’ve spent a little bit of time wondering if you could be studying more efficiently or wondering if you’ll retain information you just learned. Given how crunched we are for time, I know more than once I’ve spent a few precious moments trying to determine the most efficient way to maximize my learning and retention.
This three-part series of posts on making the most of your professional development has been really fun to write. I enjoy letting you in on little secrets that will help you stretch your dollar or time a little further when it comes to your professional development. Actually, that is one of my secret superhero skills. My mom taught me a lot about making the most of every dollar. Along the way, I’ve also become fascinated by how to stretch every last second out of each day. (Because 100 years or less is not enough time to accomplish all the things I want to do.) What I’ve found is these two concepts often go hand-in-hand.
If you haven’t read my other two posts in this series, you really should check out my three tips about understanding your professional development needs and my three tips about using the timing of your professional development to your advantage.
This third post in the series, offers three final tips focusing on less obvious ways of making use of your professional development.
Here are my three tips.
I have so many great tips about making the most of your professional development, but they require a decent length explanation. To keep each post to a reasonable length, I have written it as a three part series. This is the second post in that three part series.
If you haven’t read the first post, the tips I included in it were mainly about knowing yourself and your needs. Read the full post here. The tips included in this second post are mainly about the timing of taking your courses.
Here are three additional ways to squeeze the most out of your professional development. Continue reading “Three More Tips for Squeezing the Most Out of Your Professional Development”
You are a teacher in the k-12 system, and as such, you are no stranger to professional development. We know you have a lot of professional responsibilities that make your personal time limited and valuable. A teacher’s time is often stretched very thin. Between lesson planning, preparing the lesson, teaching the lesson, communicating with parents, grading assignments, professional development coursework, and personal/family responsibilities, there is hardly enough time to take a deep cleansing breath before we fall into bed, only to wake up and do it all again in the morning.
In our office, we value your time. We want to ensure you are using professional development opportunities to achieve maximum benefit. So, continue reading to learn three ways to make the most of your professional development classes. Continue reading “Three Tips for Squeezing the Most Out of Your Professional Development”