Teaching is a profession that has always and will always experience change. Although Change can be a difficult task it is necessary in order to grow and learn. Educators change and influence the minds of young people on the daily basis. They do this through measuring their growth and increasing their skills. If students need growth and development it is evident that educators, campuses and districts will require the same thing.
To enforce change and effectiveness of professional development on campus their has to be good leadership. Certain individuals will have to come together to plan, organize and compare and contrast the best methods to present information. They will also need to be fully committed and dedicated to changing things for the best interest of the campus, district or even student.
It is essential for leaders to understand the change process. Moral purpose without an understanding of change will lead to moral martyrdom. Moreover, leaders who combine a commitment to moral purpose with a healthy respect for the complexities of the change process not only will be more successful but also will unearth deeper moral purpose. Understanding the change process is exceedingly elusive. (Fullan 5).
Commitment to change will be the most important item the leaders will have to have in order to get their message across. I can relate to this as a high school teacher. Whenever I am dedicated and have passion in the lesson that I am teaching, the delivery is better. The students are also more engaged, because they can feel my excitement. If leaders campus and district level showed the same energy, it may be received differently.
Technology is one of the biggest changes that have hit school districts have been facing since the Pandemic occurred. Integrating technology on campuses are a challenge that is still undergoing constant changes. laptops, tablets, wifi, social media and learning platforms are all something that schools have had to learn quickly. If Schools had already been learning these things beforehand, we would have all been better suited and prepared for disaster situations. The effects of the pandemic have left many campuses struggling on how to use technology effectively. Although its being taught, sometimes the message is not clear and concise. Professional developments seem to be defined as Zoom meetings and Google Slides. While these are effective tools, the way they are used matters tremendously. Professional Learning Leaders have to have passion and effort in the lessons they are trying to teach the educators. They also have to communicate properly and stay true to their morals and true purpose.
Leaders will increase their effectiveness if they continually work on the five components of leadership if they pursue moral purpose, understand the
change process, develop relationships, foster knowledge building, and strive for coherence with energy, enthusiasm, and hopefulness. If leaders do so, the rewards and benefits will be enormous. It is an exciting proposition. The culture of
change beckons. (Fullan 11).
Kristina Daniels stated a real message. Teachers who can integrate technology in their classroom will be beneficial to not only the students but the overall campus. Changes have to happen. As the world becomes more innovative, the education field should follow. Students will be more prepared for careers and we will be able to educate based on their needs. Daniels was very inspiring.
The Evolution of Technology Before and After the Pandemic
As I can remember before the pandemic working in the School was less stress induced. Professional Developments were also fun and engaging. They were also filled with meaningful activities and a wholesome togetherness. They focused on topics like classroom management, data, lesson planning and making connections. After the pandemic, we have been trying to dive deep in technology and how it will make learning more convenient and innovative. Also technology keeps the learning continuing and allows students to build more background data.
It is seen as a necessity that teachers be open to development and constantly renew themselves.(Sahad)
Making sure that we as educators stay updated with the best classroom practices, methods, and information that will help my students and staff . This is why advocating for more education on Ed.Tech in all districts. Campuses, districts and students should be educated in Digital Learning. There are an unlimited number of benefits that are possible if more districts adopted and gained knowledge on digital platforms that would help students learn. They also are made to be convenient for educators.
What can Leaders do to make Professional Learning Work
Step 1: Confide and consult with all staff on campus about the main goal
Step 2: Encourage Collaboration amongst staff and team member. Be open to new ideas and concepts, by staff and even students.
Step 3: Encourage teacher involvement in the planning an organizing of things. Reach out to new staff, you never know their strengths.
Step 4: Establish positive learning communities.
Step 5: Empower teachers and encourage them to take control of their classroom. Teachers know their students and their needs. Trust in your teachers.
Step 6: Professional learning should be about growth, structure and building the learning environment. Make sure everyone feels safe and valued. Listen to every perspective.
Step 7: Know how to read the room. Acknowledge each perspective and point of view from everyone around you.
1 Fullan, M. (2007). Leading in a culture of change (Rev. ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 9.
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