Does Professional Development Impacts the Quality of Teaching?

by Ella Wilson
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Quality of education in any educational institute relies heavily on its teachers. It all depends on whether a teacher is trained enough to handle different students, difficult skill levels, and other challenges that are thrown their way. Although, when trends of education keep changing so swiftly and rapidly, it becomes hard for educational institutes and teachers to keep up their quality of education.

There is no robust evidence to prove that professional development has a direct impact on the learning of students, although, it has been proven that teachers who know their subject matter well tend to teach better. Professional development of teachers encompasses many different pedagogical tactics, along with ensuring that teachers are accustomed to the subject matter.

 The concept of professional development is still in its embryonic stage, at least in the educational sector. Its importance has yet to be realized by educators and the management of educational institutes. Parents and students expect their teachers to know everything, although this wisdom about things can only be achieved through continuous learning as it is not an innate quality of a teacher. However, even most teachers treat the quality of ‘knowing it all’ as something innate. For instance, defying or resisting educational trends that they are not aware of by calling them ‘fad’.

All things considered, it is about time that teachers make their peace with the fact that science and technology have outmaneuvered them and they may have some catching up to do.

Professional development of teachers helps the educators groom themselves according to the recent pedagogical trends. It arms the teachers with tactics that would help them boost up the class performance and the all-inclusive teaching quality. Professional development is not only beneficial for the personal grooming of the educators but can have a pleasant impact on the overall learning of students, as well.

  • Cyclic Relationship Between Professional Learning And Student Results

Professional development is a continuous process that has a continued effect on teachers and their students. A teacher who is taking up a professional development program is more likely to handle a class efficiently. Research says that what matters most in the classroom is that teacher learns. As long as the teacher is learning, students thrive. A teacher who is in a continuous process of learning has a broader repertoire that helps them decide how to teach a particular class of students. When their knowledge is passed down to the students, the students can improve as well.

Students learn from their teachers, not only academically, but in most aspects of life. When a teacher is enthusiastic about learning, it has a positive impact on students, too. Professional development forms a cyclic relationship between the teacher and student where the teacher keeps furthering their knowledge and students keep improving. It is a continuous learning process for both teachers and students that enhances the overall class performance.

  • Enthusiasm For Work

Recent research by IAO showed that stressed-out teachers show a low level of motivation for their profession which results in reduced class achievement. Keeping the morals of teachers up and alive is a vital part of professional development programs. Call it a reminder that reminds the teacher why they chose this profession in the first place.

Teachers who participate in professional development programs tend to be more enthusiastic about their work. They bring positive energy to the class and have more innovative and creative ideas to boost class learning. Their energy paired up with innovative ideas has a pleasant impact on student learning.

  • Problem Solving Skills of Students

Mathematics, engineering, algebra are a few fields that are highly affected by a class that is led by a teacher who is professionally trained. Experts believe that it is due to the fact that in normal teacher training programs, you are taught how students understand math problems, but not how they want to learn it. A professional development program arms the teacher with essential tactics on how students want to learn.

Students tend to develop better problem-solving skills when their teacher is equipped with several teaching strategies. These problem-solving skills are not limited to mathematics but can come in handy in real life as well. Teachers who participate in professional development have enough patience to listen to student concerns, analyze them, and then provide them a solution on how to better solve a problem.

  • Enhanced Educational Culture

A big part of professional development is teaching strong communication and social skills that helps teacher form a strong bond with peers and colleagues. It enhances trust and reliability between teachers creating a wholesome and pleasant environment in the educational institute. Several researches proved that students tend to learn better in positive environments, therefore professional development of teachers boosts student performance indirectly as well.

  • Reduced Achievement Gap

Teachers who participate in professional development do better in diverse classes, in terms of skills and culture. As it is a part of professional development programs to equip teachers with tactics that would boost their adaptability. It is for the same reason that the achievement gap was comparatively low in classes of teachers that took up professional development programs. These teachers were more understanding and well equipped to deal with students that may lack in some areas.Professional development of teachers may not have a direct impact on student performance, but it has proven to boost overall class culture, by a huge margin. Several surveys showed that students had high motivation levels in classes where teachers were in a continuous process of learning and improving. Thus, teachers who take professional development programs are better in their teaching practices as compared to other teachers in all relations.




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