Friday, December 14, 2012

Teacher Continuing Education

I follow the Scholastic Teacher and Parent Facebook pages. The other day, the question was posed: "Fill in the blank: If you could choose a day of great professional development on any subject, it would be ____________."

One hundred sixty eight comments were left covering a wide swath of educational topics: technology, writing, classroom management, to name a few. No one, other than I, left a comment expressing an interest in learning about homework.

I understand that teachers will set different priorities for their own professional development. Yet, I find it odd that no one expressed an interest in furthering their understanding of a practice that is weighted so highly and has such a great impact on children's lives.


Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.

 I recommend giving copies of the book to the teachers at your child's school. Discount purchases are available through Wyndmoor Press. Single copies can be purchased at Amazon.


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