Today, every teacher needs to be in charge of his or her own professional development, if for no other reason than district budgets require everyone to be so much more creative. However, there needs to be a balance between the formal and informal.
Formal professional development would be workshops, conferences, and college classes. Informal learning could be attending an un-conference; following a back channel from a live professional development event like a conference; or watching videos on YouTube, Teacher Tube, or School Tube. Informal learning also might be as easy as sharing with colleagues in the hallway. To get started, here are three ways to take charge of your own professional development.