Sometimes the table is turned and the teacher gets to be the student. For most of us, that is professional development (PD): An opportunity to improve skills, grow our network, and gain confidence.
At Red River College, a lot of professional development takes place in May: RED Forum takes place at the Notre Dame Campus next Friday, May 10th. We've been profiling sessions we are looking forward to in the past three editions of Faculty Fridays. The Prairie Region Great Teacher Seminar takes place the following week from May 13 to 16 at Elkhorn Resort in Riding Mountain National Park.
However, PD is not limited to formal seminars, conferences or gatherings, of course. In fact, we like to think of Faculty Fridays as a form of professional development, too. Any reading you do to help prepare for your classes contributes to your own professional development, as does learning through Lynda.com and training on teaching tools such as LEARN, etc.
Teaching can be as rewarding as it is exhausting, so we think that any opportunity for PD is worth taking advantage of, as a way to recharge yourself while expanding your professional practice. PD is like the corner pieces of a puzzle: put those in place and it's easier to build the bigger picture.
Tell us about your own PD priorities or what sessions at RED Forum you're looking forward to attending. And speaking of RED Forum, please introduce yourself to us sometime during the day. We'd love to meet you face-to-face!
CREDIT: Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash
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