Steve Darn | ELT
Whether you are a head of department, a senior teacher, or in your first year of teaching, ask yourself the question ‘is anything changing in my department, in my classroom, in my teaching?’
If the answer to this question is ‘No, not much’, then you be running one or more of the following risks:
Everyone needs to develop professionally, and everyone needs help to do so, yet many departments fail to provide or support teacher development, while many teachers fail to grasp oportunities when they arise. Some further questions to ask may be:
If the answer to all or most of these questions is again negative, it is likely that there is little development or change going on in your teaching situation. It is not necessarily the responsibility of the school management or the head of department to instigate and organise teacher development. Often the initiative comes from a group of motivated or inexperienced teachers who see the need for further training, who are then supported by the head of department and school management. In any case, there needs to be an initiative, someone to take responsibility and give support. Everyone in a department has a role to play in the development process. Are you doing anything?
This article first published April 1997 Longman Teacher Link Issue 2