May 03
PD: The Corner Pieces of the Learning Puzzle

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. PD is part of the puzzle hans-peter-gauster-252751-unsplash.jpg

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 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


Great Post! You mentioned t...

Great Post! You mentioned that "Teaching can be as rewarding as it is exhausting". So true! However, I was just thinking yesterday that it's not the "teaching" that is exhausting for me. It's the preparation for teaching. Anybody else find the classroom part is the easy part compared to getting ready?
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  • Andrew Warren
 on 5/3/2019 8:48 AM

That's a good point, Andrew...

That's a good point, Andrew! I agree about the prep. When I'm in the classroom with my students, time flies by!

I love Red Forum. It's a great opportunity for meeting colleagues in different faculties.
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  • Sherry L Seymour
 on 5/3/2019 9:16 AM

Andrew: Good point, indeed....

Andrew: Good point, indeed. The prep is the onerous but necessary precursor to teaching -- and when it's done well, the teaching can be so rewarding and uplifting.
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 5/3/2019 2:14 PM

One thing that's really hel...

One thing that's really helped me is working into my schedule two hours per week that is devoted to research of some kind. I add it to my schedule as an appointment and I don't grade anything or prep anything during that time. I'll read articles, books, or blogs; listen to teaching-related podcasts; flesh out new ideas; or do some training from Lynda or similar sources. Not only has this resulted in me doing more professional development, but it's also been a welcome break from that cycle of prep and marking that can be so exhausting.
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  • Jocelyne Olson
 on 5/6/2019 10:40 AM

Thanks for sharing that bes...

Thanks for sharing that best practice, Jocelynne. I absolutely love how intentional and disciplined you are towards ongoing professional development.
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  • Janine Carmichael
 on 5/8/2019 9:50 AM