Difficult to do when teaching in the public school system, but take control of your own professional development and make it work for you.
Let’s start this by saying I don’t agree with the distinction people make sometimes between teacher training, teacher development, and teacher education.
I know I’m wrong when:
The distinction is about how programmes are structured.
At least in my main area of work, ELT. This is usually understood like this:
- Teacher education is what happens in higher education / universities (e.g. BAs and PGCEs); it is ‘academic’;
- Teacher training is usually much shorter, from 4-weeks to 1 year (e.g. CELTA, DELTA “or equivalent”); it is ‘practical’, sometimes ‘quasi-academic’;
- Teacher development is whatever else the teacher does (or is done for) to become a better teacher (e.g. conferences, in-house workshops, reading or blogging about trends in education, etc)
Teacher development has the least prestige of all three; mainly because it is the most informal of all three – not coincidentally also the most autonomous.
So I can’t…
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