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5 Things Teachers Want in Professional Development

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1. Flexible Professional Development that fits into your schedule

You’re a teacher and you don’t have much time on your hands. Between lesson planning, getting ready for the next day, working odd hours to get everything done, AND trying to get your personal life in order, you don’t have a lot of time to get your CEU’s. Online, professional development classes let you get the credits that you need at the convenience of being online. Whether you are making dinner, wrapping up your work day, or with your morning tea, online PD is convenient for you when you only have a little bit of time to fit it into your schedule.

2. Professional Development that is immediately applicable to your class

When you’re attending a workshop trying to gain credits, the last thing that you want is someone telling you about a new tool or curriculum that you’re not sure how to immediately use in your classroom. Sometimes, you just want to be able to take what you’re learning from a PD class and immediately apply that to your class. You want to know that the PD is valuable and insightful. Innovative and creative PD is able to take your teaching to the next level. Change, in the education world, isn’t always easy, but with good PD, you’ll want to make that change.

3. A Collaborative and Social Learning Experience with Peers

LEARNING IS SOCIAL. When enrolling in a professional development course, especially one that you are paying for, you want to have an environment where you feel supported, heard, and can learn something from.  During the course “semester”, you should feel like at any time you have a question, a facilitator or a peer is available to answer it. Taking a PD course is your time to talk to teachers from different backgrounds, locations, ethnicities, and different global views!

4. Professional Development Facilitated by Professionals with Teaching/PD Experience

Taking a PD course can be challenging, but paying for one means that you want to make sure that the PD course is made by accredited professionals who know what they’re talking about! Teachers trust other teachers, which is why it’s important to take PD courses from people who understand what your day to day is like. When taking a facilitated PD course, it’s important that the facilitator has classroom experience to relate with you, be able to answer your questions, and join in on discussions with the other learners!


When it comes to your earning your professional development credits, you need options! Every teacher is different and comes with a different set of problems, and challenges and the PD should reflect that.

So what's next? Check out PBS TeacherLine!

                                   PBS TeacherLine


PBS TeacherLine offers flexible, online professional development courses for educators that are facilitated by teachers like you! Easily fit these PD courses into your everyday schedule! When enrolling in a course, you can be confident in knowing that the facilitators understand the day to day of being an educator. They have gone through what you’re going through, and love being able to learn alongside you in the courses. Each course is geared with collaboration in mind, so you’ll never feel like you’re learning alone. You will have your peers learning alongside you to motivate you, support you, and be there for you when you’re just not sure of something. During the course, you can immediately take what you’re learning and apply it to your classroom teachings! There are multiple courses for all subjects, so you’ll be able to find a course to suit your unique needs. These courses are innovative, creative, and will make you think outside the box! 

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