Perspectives: Making the Most of Professional Development by: Sandra K. Abell and Michele H. Lee

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Teacher preparation programs help teachers build a foundation for entering the teaching profession. However, learning to teach science cannot be achieved in a mere four years—it is a lifelong endeavor. Teachers continue to learn new science content and new teaching strategies throughout their careers. As professionals, they consistently update their knowledge and skills, reflecting upon and improving their practice. Professional development (PD), in all of its forms, is the key to science teacher learning. This month’s column discusses how science teachers can benefit from professional development experiences.

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  • on Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:48 AM

This article describes what profession development is, characteristics of effective PD, which PD helps teachers develop professionally as science teachers, and how to get started developing effective PD for science teachers. It states that ‘teachers need multiple and varied learning experiences associated with their classroom to make sense of science teaching and learning.’ It further states that you can start your own study group among your peers. This is an article that administrators need to read so that improved PD can be provided in our schools.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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