Thursday, December 09, 2010

The common and uncommon

What would be considered common professional development? Is there such a thing as normal professional development? Trying to push the envelope is important and vital, I believe, for professional development. It is important to push the envelope, to challenge people to do things they would not normally do.

Uncommon professional development is pivotal. It addresses the unique needs of faculty. It may be small group, it may be one on one. It seeks to provide answers to questions. Uncommon should be the rule, rather than the exception. We should try to find the unique, the uncommon, the personalized approach to faculty development.

There are no universal approaches except to individualize opportunities for growth and enrichment. Professional development is personal, and we are each unique.

Be different. Be unique. Be uncommon.


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