Monday, May 14, 2012
How much is too much?
Professional development and experimentation are all very well but my students are fee-paying customers; they’re investing in their futures, they have certain expectations. My students aren’t paying good money to attend my classes to indulge my whims and my attempts to follow the latest fads; they’re not guinea pigs to be experimented on. I’m sure my students want me to improve my teaching, but not at the expense of their learning. Don't get me wrong, I know I need to develop, to try out new things, to challenge myself and my beliefs; some tinkering is no doubt essential. But is it possible that a teacher who experiments too much is as bad as a teacher who takes no interest in professional development at all? Could they even be putting their students’ progress at greater risk?