“Professional development is an essential way for teachers to refine their strategies, methods, and understanding of their work” (Myers, 2011). In this paper, we will discuss the role that training and college/university education can play in the professional development of teachers.
Training is critical for every professional person. For teachers, it is even more critical because it helps them manage classrooms as well as students effectively and efficiently. Training helps teachers learn new teaching and management skills. Professional development means being able to succeed and flourish in the professional environment. “Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more” (Anonymous, 2008).
In the present world, teachers need to understand the changes in the learning needs of children. Today, teachers need to use technology to make learning easy for children. Training provides the opportunity to teachers to learn ways to make proper use of new teaching technologies. Training programs help teachers learn ways to stimulate students’ learning desire. “Great induction programs create opportunities for novice teachers to learn from best practices and analyze and reflect on their teaching” (Anonymous, 2008).
Education and training are two ends continuum of professional development of a teacher. Education gives knowledge, whereas training makes a teacher make the best use of the acquired knowledge. Training makes a teacher perform his/her job roles in an appropriate manner. Training brings perfection in professional practices of a teacher. For example, a teacher knows how to teach his/her students but does not know the best way to deal with a class of students having different backgrounds. It is training, which makes a teacher able to deal ...Show more