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IN SERVICE TRAINING
TEACHING AS A ‘CRAFT’ - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional development can no longer be viewed as an event that occurs on a particular day of the school year; rather, it must become part of the daily work life of educators. Professional development for teachers should be similar to professional development for other professionals. Becoming an effective teacher is a continuous process that stretches to the end of a professional career.
Riverside is committed to ensuring that the teachers get as many formal and informal opportunities to develop and deepen their skills to become more effective practitioners.
- All teachers read about a common concern/ theory/ new idea every Tuesday and Thursday. A link is sent to all teachers so that at the time of discussion everyone is able to share their point of view on the said topic. This way, by the end of the month, as a team we become better informed about that topic.
- All Riverside teachers are connected with each other through email. This allows us to communicate our concerns, share updates about our class, applaud our colleagues work and just become a more committed and connected as a team. This means that we think about our practice even when we are not on campus.
- On a regular basis, teachers at Riverside conduct workshops for their peers, parents and other teachers. This follows the same maxim - “When you teach, you learn twice”.
- Every other Saturday and on the long schedules we stay back for planning, Riverside undergoes in service training. This could be on skill areas, subject content or on theory. Teachers even go out to attend workshops that could be of use to their practice.
Visiting other schools
- An important way to stay connected to what is happening in education around the world is to visit schools in and around the city, state and globally. This allows us to see good practice or to caution us as to ‘what not to do’.
- At least once a year, teachers attend professional development courses on the web. This allows us to interact with professionals and experts who we might have access to in the city. It is of enormous use even for professional networking.
Observing Best Practices
- All of us become better teachers when we watch truly skilled practitioners at work - and all of us are extremely capable in some areas. By watching our peers and others, we improve our own way of looking at our craft.
"When educating the minds of our youth, we should not forget to educate their hearts."
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