Tag Archives: New Teachers

Why Professional Development Matters


I am the only Gifted Intervention Specialist in my building. You may be in the same in the same boat as me. So when it comes to professional development, and growing in my passion for gifted education is important to me. Since I am the only GIS, at times I have to glean as much as I can out of our district that will help me in my classroom. At times I look for professional development opportunities from NAGC or OAGC, presentations at conferences, independent studies, or university courses.

As I was thinking about the idea of professional development, I began to think: Why does professional development matter to teachers? I came up with a few ideas.

Professional development matters because:

  • It introduces teachers to new material that others are trying in their classrooms
  • It helps to spread best practices in education
  • It helps to give new teachers more practical knowledge
  • It helps to keep the spark a glow for seasoned teachers
  • It allows teachers to collaborate with others

Professional development I feel comes in to categories: Administrator developed and lead, and Teacher developed and lead. Each has is own pros and cons, but they have their place when it comes to professional development.

What do you like about professional development? Why do you think it matters? On Sunday Feb. 19th at 9pm ET #ohiogtchat will be having a chat based on why professional development matters. You can check out the questions here.





What a Great Day


You never know when great opportunities will come. Earlier this week, I was contacted by Sam Rengel from The Amazing Teacher. He has an awesome website, and very amazing Podcast focused on training new teachers. Today, I had the opportunity to be the center of his next podcast. We discussed everything from Gifted Education, to Middle Schoolers, to advise for new teachers. It was a blast! I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out his website and watch some of his podcasts I would suggest you do. I watched several, and I learned so much. I will post a link next week with the podcast that he and I did this afternoon over Skype.

If you are interested in joining the New Teacher Chat (#ntchat) it’s on Twitter from 5pm-6pm PST/8pm-9pm ET on Wednesdays. You can get more information on #ntchat here.