Professional development is a complex and multifaceted endeavor that has become essential for teachers looking to keep up with the new information and best practices of today. Research shows that when it comes to professional development for teachers, collaboration with other teachers is essential. In a study done by Darling-Hammond and McLaughlin (1995), one of the activities found to improve the success of teaching was “collaborative endeavors that give educators the ability to share knowledge among their peers”.
Teachers thrive from collaboration because it gives them a chance to talk through ideas with like-minded people and learn from each other. Through discussion, teachers have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the subject matter, as well as explore new teaching strategies. Such collaborative professional development is exactly what research shows to be most effective for improving teachers’ practices.
Growing evidence suggests that this kind of professional development not only makes teachers feel more confident about their teaching practices, but it also helps students to be able to learn the material better. Therefore, creating a collaborative space where teachers have the opportunity for continual learning is the best way to inspire greater achievement for students.
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