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1. Because students deserve it.

Great teachers create great students! Yes! Teachers DO influence students and it is up to the teacher to plan his/her class in the best possible way for the students.
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2. Education is the passport to the future.

The well prepared students and teachers of today are our future. Education is on the run 24 hours a day. The purpose of a good education is no longer a ticket to a good job. It is the tool through which we can change the world.
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3. Education paradigms shift.

Students change, teachers change , styles change and classrooms change. Teachers need to be prepared for the rapid changes in the world today ,specially with the technology underlying everything we do.
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4. Qualification keeps you in the market.

The more you develop your personal and professional skills, the more you will outstand in the market. Getting a job will never be a problem for you. Your carreer will take off.
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5. Knowledge empowers.

Knowledge enables you to address your students learning difficulties and effectively solve them. It empowers you to fight for you rights and better educational conditions.
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6. Sharing.

It is critical for teachers to learn and share their experiences with others. Different backgrounds, different social and cultural contexts can add alot to your professional development process.
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7. If educators expect students to improve, they must do the same.

We cannot expect students to change if we continue to do what we have always done. Being familiar with new approaches, we become less fearful of implementing them in the classroom. We expect more from our students as we expect more from ourselves.
7 REASONS WHY ONGOING DEVELOPMENT IS ESSENTIAL FOR TEACHERS


What is professional development?
It is defined as "the process of improving staff skills and competencies needed to produce outstanding educational results for students" (Hassel, 1999)


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