Colleges must support teacher’s professional development for a brighter future for the students and the reputation of the college too. You will find many professional development programs but not all are effective. Many of these courses don’t change teaching practices and thus don’t improve student learning.
Some of the challenges of these programs include having too many goals that take up more time and attention, unrealistic expectations, lack of proper structure, having no implementation strategy, failing to provide feedback, and more. Here are some strategies that can make this training more effective.
Must be simple
Don’t keep too many goals that may be difficult to achieve. Divide the goals between more training programs, if necessary. Get advice from the teachers on what must be the goal of the training program.
Have enough resources
The training venue must be comfortable for all. Training usually takes place for long hours and the teachers must feel comfortable. All training materials must be available. Multimedia and other training tools must be utilised.
Provide support during implementation
The college must provide all the support required during the implementation stage. The teachers must be allowed to experiment with different teaching styles. Proper feedback from the students must be noted to see if the new teaching style is better or not.
It will take time to see the results of the change in teaching style. So, don’t start setting up another training program with a new goal thinking that this one didn’t work. Wait for a year or two and then decide.
Teachers have various learning styles, and they face different situations in class. These programs must teach the teachers how to deal with these situations. When designing these programs, various classroom situations must be discussed.
The training shouldn’t be too short as the teachers need time to learn. Proper support must be given during the implementation phase to get a good outcome from this training program.