Professional development days are crucial for both student development and the teachers as well. A lot of educators attended university many years ago, and since then I am sure new methods and techniques for teaching have been implemented; without sufficient PD days these methods cannot be taught to either teachers or students. If there werenâ€™t PD days this could create a very big gap between modern and traditional teachers. If there were truly a big difference in older teachers as there is in younger ones it would be very difficult for students to adapt in many subject; for example if I was solely influenced by modern teaching all through junior high, a more traditional teacher in high school could present a formidable challenge.
PD days also give teachers the chance to view course content through someone elseâ€™s eyes. If a teacher taught a course for a long time, there opinion could become very bias towards certain aspects of the curriculum. Hearing opinions and information from multiple other educators on the content can expand on teachers understanding of the subject and curriculum.
Having more PD days also gives students a break. High school is very stressful, whether socially or academically there are many challenges and adversities students must be able to handle in order to excel in the modern education system; more PD days give students a chance to catch up on missed work or take a well-deserved break.
In conclusion, professional development days are important to our teachers and students and a crucial component in our education, and The Honorable Robert Ghizâ€™s decision to add professional development days to our schedule next year is a grand idea.