It’s never too early in your career to think about professional development. Investing in yourself as an educator is the best way to ensure both career growth and academic growth for your students. Even though it can take up precious time, here are a few reasons why professional development matters:
It sets you up for success
In your first year of teaching there are bound to be some bumps along the way. However, with the help of professional development courses, you can be more prepared and ready to tackle challenges that the first year or two may throw at you. Taking part in professional development courses will expand your skill set and build up your “teacher toolkit” so you have everything you need to start your career off strong.
It expands your knowledge base
Participating in professional development courses will expose you to new ideas and perspectives-perhaps some you hadn’t thought of before. A wealth of new knowledge will come from actively participating in professional development courses.
It’s a confidence booster
Attending professional development courses will increase your expertise in your field and, as a result, build confidence in the work you do. This confidence will carry over into the classroom when you come back to your students and share what you learned. Showing that even you, the teacher, are constantly learning and are excited about it will energize your students for the lessons ahead.