I am a brat. I want to start this with that. I get frustrated quickly with adults and I find the opinions of the people I care about the most the most annoying. It’s mostly when I know that they are right but I am too and it’s to hard to verbalize that.
Today I had an argument with my best friend. He would call it a disagreement. Mostly because he doesn’t care as much as I do and he is happy being right with himself whereas I want him to also understand that I am right. He teaches math in Texas and does a fabulous job (as test scores and a 10,000 bonus might show). He works hard and has a new baby that is super rad. He might have some type of time manipulator like Hermione Granger.
Today’s argument was this: Do you miss class for Professional Development?
I had smartboard training today. I got one installed in my classroom and I have been pretty much using it as a “clean” whiteboard. This training was great and I learned a ton. I think that my lessons will be clearer and more engaging.
Our conversation (wherein I come off as a brat):
me: training wooo!
bff (I’m gonna refer to him as this cause it’ll annoy him): What training?
bff:psh, you’re missing class cuz of that?
me: Yes I have have an expensive piece of equipment with amazing stuff I should know how to use it
bff: Mess with it yourself… just start click stuff. that’s what I did with my board.
me: But this is faster. I learn it all now.
bff: And your kids lose a day of learning
me: (this is the part where I am a brat) Oh god end of the world. cue the violins. I learned how to write equations translate them in to text and solve.
bff: haha forgive me if I don’t believe in throw away days…
me: I don’t think this is a throw away. I think this is important. I think that learning about this going to make my lessons more engaging. It’s not that everyday is in the classroom is important (opps typo) it’s just that I have a lot to learn and that will make me a better teacher.
bff: I definitely agree for me I see it as something I could do on my own rather than take a day out.
The argument continued like that. The thing is BFF is right, missing a day really hurts the kids. The thing is so am I and we need to learn more and we cannot be expected to do all of it in our free time.
So I pose this question to you: How important is class-time v.s. PD? When do miss? How do you know ahead of time if it will be worth it?
(there was going to be another argument I’ve been having but it hits to close to home and I have not verbalized it well enough yet. so soon.)