Do you think you benefit from teachers having PD days?

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It is an undeniable fact that training someone to do a better job is a great thing but in the case of PD days things can go too far.  PD days give teachers time to interact with each other to improve their own teaching methods and to give advice to others.  These days are also used to teach all of the teacher’s classes to improve all of their abilities. 

The only problem with these days is that they are always on school days.  As a child I would celebrate a day when I didn’t have to go to school and could spend the day lazing around the house.  Now these days are a worry and always seem to fall around dates when we are learning something extremely important.  The fact that more of these days are being added just runs more of a risk of not learning something or learning it incorrectly.  These PD days are also sometimes used to correct something that a teacher may agree is wrong in the curriculum and decide on a way to better teach it. 

These PD days are considered a problem because of the days taken away from students and it is in fact a problem with few solutions.  Fewer PD days would mean more time for the students to learn but it would also cause the teachers to not be able to share as much knowledge.  More PD days would mean teachers would be able to teach more efficiently at the cost of fewer school days or lengthening the school year. A third solution would be to have the teachers go in for a PD day once a month on a Saturday that way there is no missed school days and the teachers still learn what they would normally learn.  

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  • Andrew
    April 13, 2014 - 10:28

    I'm not sure the person who wrote this article is informed on the realities of teaching. Go in on a Saturday, what a no brainer; many teachers are there on Saturday. When should they do their: planning, correcting, supervision duties ie) coaching, and dealing with parents- why not call it a week and throw Sunday into the mix. Gotta work 7 days a week if you wanna make the big bucks! The person who wrote this should be subjected to 1 year of teaching, and they can even have the Summer off at the end.

  • Petra Hoss
    March 30, 2014 - 12:01

    I am a teacher in Quebec and have about 10 ped. days per year (10 out of 200 days of school). I do not believe, students will miss much on those days that they haven't already missed. Academics are not the only thing that contribute to a wholesome education. I have spent enough long nights and entire weekends on report writing and IEP's. My ped. days are spend in conferences and on preparations for new curricular activities within my class room. The number of students with a code have increased, and teachers need to learn how to accommodate these students. This needs to be done by experts and they are not always available on weekends. We do not get paid overtime, Jakoline.

  • Petra Hoss
    March 30, 2014 - 11:59

    I am a teacher in Quebec and have about 10 ped. days per year (10 out of 200 days of school). I do not believe, students will miss much on those days that they haven't already missed. Academics are not the only thing that contribute to a wholesome education. I have spent enough long nights and entire weekends on report writing and IEP's. My ped. days are spend in conferences and on preparations for new curricular activities within my class room. The number of students with a code have increased, and teachers need to learn how to accommodate these students. This needs to be done by experts and they are not always available on weekends. And, we do not get paid overtime, Jakoline.

  • Debbie Smith
    March 04, 2014 - 15:15

    Do you go in on Sat. to learn how to do your job better after working all week?

    • Jakolin
      March 18, 2014 - 14:07

      I have gone into to work to do stuff I did not have time to finish during the week. I also get paid for it, so why not have the teachers go in on a Saturday? It would not hurt them, it is only once in awhile that they would need to, and then our children (who are already behind the rest of Canada) would not need to miss valuable learning time.