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Professional Development


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Deliverd in ABS Conference at Alianza Cultural Uruguay - EEUU in Montevideo, February 24, 2012

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Professional Development

  1. 1. Professional Development The Road Not Taken Mariana Porta Laura Gonzalez Leonardo Castelluccio
  2. 2. The Road Not Taken <ul><li>The road not taken video 1 </li></ul><ul><li>The road not taken video 2 </li></ul>
  3. 5. So...if you are a teacher  this workshop invites you to reflect upon ... <ul><ul><li>What makes me choose certain roads in  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>     my professional life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  How much have I gotten involved in professional development? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Are there any new tools or ways to get involved in PD that could make it easier for me to engage? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. if you are a mentor or coordinator ... Why do certain teachers get so much more involved in PD than others? How could I consider those individual differences? How could PD programs in my school be more engaging for everybody?  
  5. 7. What is professional development for teachers? <ul><li>Teacher development is a term used in the literature to describe a process of continual, intellectual, experiential and attitudinal growth of teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Dale Lange </li></ul><ul><li>... but as Andy Curtis says ...&quot;no one can be made to develop&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>.... so ... what makes teachers develop?  </li></ul><ul><li>... and ... why bother with development? (as they put it) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 8. Activity 1 <ul><li>What are the advantages of having a professional development program at the working place? </li></ul><ul><li>How can this help teachers prevent burnout or cope with it? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you had any experience with online professional development? </li></ul>
  7. 9. We involved our community in this reflective activity Analia Alejandra Leo Mary Ann Claudia <ul><ul><li>quality: skillful and efficient working force, standardization of procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keeping updated, feeling motivated, motivating students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the social component, having fun, tearing down walls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PD online: depends on people's commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online tools used as learning strategies, not to &quot;kill time&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PD online can be fast and cheaper than onground PD programs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Why bother with teacher development? <ul><ul><li>K Bailey, Andy Curtis and D Nunan answer: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to acquire new knowledge and skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to keep up with changes around us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to increase our power over our own lives (work our way forward) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to combat negativity in our teaching contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to fight or prevent burnout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to overcome sense of isolation  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to expand our conceptual understanding of teaching </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Breaking PD into components <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>What influences the way we approach professional development? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>OBJECTIVE DATA: age, sex, seniority </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>INDIVIDUAL VARIABLES: personality, stage in the profession </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>CONTEXTUAL VARIABLES: teacher development programs ongoing at the workplace, training in, and availability of tools. </li></ul>
  10. 12. What variables affect teacher development?
  11. 13. Today we will focus on two: stages in the profession individual personality traits
  12. 14. Developmental Stages of teachers (Katz'model 1972)   Survival Consolidation Renewal Maturity
  13. 15. Activity 2 Stages in the profession               What stage are you in? Take 5 minutes to reflect upon your teaching. Check the items in the handout that apply to you.       Are you surprised with the results?
  14. 16. Stages in the profession <ul><ul><li>SURVIVAL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CONSOLIDATION </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RENEWAL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MATURITY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 17. What is the connection between teacher's stage in the profession and professional development? <ul><ul><li>Getting involved in a systematic teacher development  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>     program will help you through all stages. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The renewal stage may come with a crisis and TD is </li></ul></ul><ul><li>       the way to get out. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When we create a TD program we need to aim at teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        who are undergoing different stages . </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PD programs should rely on the mixed abilities that      </li></ul></ul><ul><li>        emerge from teachers being at different stages . </li></ul>
  16. 18. How do personality traits influence our attitudes towards development?   <ul><ul><li>What makes me choose certain roads in my professional life? </li></ul></ul>How could I consider those individual differences? How could PD programs in my school be more engaging for everybody?  
  17. 19. Our personality traits show in our attitude and in those internal dialogs we have.     What kind of internal dialogs do I have that affect my professional choices when it comes to professional development?
  18. 20. Cloninger's model : 3 dimensions of temperament <ul><ul><li>harm avoidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>novelty seeking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reward dependance </li></ul></ul>He focused on  the structure of learning abilities within the person.   He described 3 dimensions of temperament   Temperament and Neurotransmitter system Novelty seeking: Low dopaminergic activity Harm avoidance: High serotonergic activity Reward dependence:Low noradrenergic activity
  19. 21. HARM AVOIDANCE POSITIVE NEGATIVE harm avoidance cautiousness careful planning anticipatory worry fear of uncertainty extreme shyness perfectionism difficulty to relax and enjoy INTERNAL DIALOGS
  20. 22. NOVELTY SEEKING NEGATIVE POSITIVE novelty seeking impulsiveness extravagance disorderliness lack of focus risk taking spirit excitement about exploration openness to changes optimistic thinking INTERNAL DIALOGS
  21. 23. REWARD DEPENDANCE NEGATIVE POSITIVE reward dependant dependance on approval of others sentimentality    openness to warm communication social sensitivity attachment INTERNAL DIALOGS
  22. 24. Activity 3 Where would you place yourself? + novelty seeking +   harm avoidance   anxiety and pesimism What if it goes wrong? -  harm avoidance exploratory, excitement facing new promising stimuli -novelty seeking   + reward dependence -reward dependence highly sensitive to signals of reward social sensitivity and attachment.  
  23. 25. Which PD tools can adapt to individual variables? Which PD tool can consider different needs of a varied staff that is permanently integrating new members? Which PD tool adapts to different schedules, personal rhythm , etc.? We wonder:
  24. 26. MENTORSHIP!!
  25. 27. Mentoring  <ul><li>An ongoing reciprocal relationship that is not supervisoral in nature, provides a psychological safety net and assesses readiness level (job readiness and psychological readiness)     </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open channels of communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>modelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>systematicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regularity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>patience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gentleness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>generosity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>honest feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promotion  </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. site content:  academic documents file Andrea's board Claudia's board Reading corner
  28. 33. Thank you for cooperating with this presentation <ul><li>Alianza Costa staff </li></ul><ul><li>Analia Germano </li></ul><ul><li>Alejandra Fernandez </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Ann Modesto </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Marcelo Escobal for professional advice on Cloninger's model. </li></ul>And thank you all for attending this Workshop!
  29. 34. BIBLIOGRAPHY <ul><li>Bayley, Kathleen, Curtis Andy and Nunan, David. Pursuing Professional Development. 2001 Pursuing Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Katz, Lilian G. The Developmental Stages of Teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Cloninger CR. A A psychological model of temperament and character. Archives of General Psychiatry 1993;50:975.990 </li></ul>