Staff development days are coming up for teachers right across the country. Some of us love them and others struggle to make the most of them. So here are some tips to ensure you have productive staff development days!
Plan out your day
Planning out your day can help you to make the most of your time. One way to do this is to set some goals you’d like to achieve by the end of the day. You can record your goals using Teacher PD’s free Teacher Day Planner. Once you’ve settled on your goals for the day, write down the tasks you need to complete to achieve your goals during each hour of the day. Make sure you also add in any other tasks or appointments you have for the day, such as meetings. By recording everything you need to get done for the day, you will be able to break your day into easily achievable segments. This will make your staff development days much more productive!
Make the most of professional development
Most staff development days involve some time spent undertaking professional development. To make the most of your PD sessions, ensure you listen intently to the presenter to fully absorb what they are teaching you. Taking notes during your PD can also help you to fully engage with the content and, as a bonus, can help to refresh your memory in the future. It’s even a good idea to share your notes with another teacher after the session to make sure you didn’t miss anything important.
Get organised for the new school year
Staff development days present a great opportunity to prepare yourself and your classroom before your students return to school. Use some spare time during your staff development days to get some printing done, organise your desk, fill in your term planner or even decorate your classroom. This will help you to feel more organised once students return to the classroom. Just make sure you write these tasks down in your Teacher Day Planner to ensure you get them done.
Plan something fun
Making sure you have productive staff development days can be as simple as breaking up your day by doing something fun! While you may think you don’t have time for fun during staff development days, it’s actually easier than you think! You could hold a short picnic lunch with your faculty or organise an activity with your teacher besties at the end of the day. This will help you to stay focused during the day as it acts as an incentive to maintain productivity.
We hope these tips inspire you to have productive staff development days now and into the future!