In today’s era of lifelong learning, we can and do learn anywhere, anytime and with anyone. Ideas such as 24/7, JIT and learning now all imply how learning is open, personal and social. More than ever, today’s professional development (our learning) must be ongoing and is integral to continually improving our practice which has a direct impact on the engagement and learning of our students and staff. Today’s PD must be about customization, responsiveness, collaboration and most importantly, learning must be practiced in a job-embedded way.
Three words continue to surface for me as I connect with staff and discuss how we learn as professionals today. Developing as a professional is best when it is personalized, blended and balanced.
From these threes ideas, professionals develop holistically:
- personalized learning is contextual, self-directed, reflective and meaningful to you and your work
- blended formal and informal learning differentiates the ways, the tools and the learning spaces; combining job-embedded learning with face-to-face and online
- balanced learning involves the self and others; alone, 1:1, group, PLNs, critical friends and mentors