The Conference is underway officially after the opening plenary by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli. He spoke about the importance of professional development (PD) for Teachers, as a general and ongoing practice. In a nutshell Gabriel asks us Teachers to ensure and push for sustainable PD by assessing our requirements, creating opportunities to learn within our own teaching circles, to reach out to the institutional admins where we work for funding. He also points out not to start out too big but to start small, creating a small opportune situation to increment our own PD – then the next very important step is to document the whole process. The documenting is also the ‘ticket’ to future sustainability of further programs to be implemented. He noted that if the admins were to invest in the continuing PD of their Teachers it would ultimately be to their benefit, by ensuring Teachers are better equipped to deal with new and updated learning strategies.
One other important point that I found very interesting was how he categorizes the Teacher’s choice framework into four quadrants … the Updated Knowledge; the Aware; the Unaware and the outdated knowledge. See image below taken from his 2004 Research work available here.
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