In an article I was reading this weekend about CPDs for teachers, the author argues that “Teachers want to be supported to improve their classroom practice – not subjected to another motivational speaker … they fill time sometimes with necessary training, but often with other activities that have nothing to do with supporting teachers with the core of their job: teaching the pupils in their classroom.” 1
I couldn’t stop myself from smiling at this comment because I have a solution or rather, I know what the solution is for this particular plea: Learn the SEJ Process. To me that is the only relevant and useful CPD that I have ever attended that made a real and life changing difference to HOW I teach and interact with students. I am not talking about the necessary and important information such as safeguarding or IT or even about the subject that we are teaching. CPD covers both professional and personal development. Learning and practicing the SEJ certainly made me a better and compassionate human being, but also made me aware of how I should respond to any situation both in and out of the classroom.
I can empower myself and manage my own wellbeing because the SEJ is a structured framework of self enquiry. It is a simple and easy to learn process that I can apply to every and any area of my life. I have developed and evolved in managing myself in relation to student’s behaviour, enabling me to respond in an appropriate and timely manner. I am able to improve and enhance my teaching practice as the SEJ process does not detract from my work, but rather enhances them and all aspects of my life as the process is done in real-time. I learnt it once and was able to apply it immediately after I have attended the training session. In addition, there is weekly ongoing support in improving and developing my SEJ practice.
So, if you are wondering what is the most effective and useful CPD you can learn why not click the link on the SEJ process and see how it can transform and enhance your teaching practice?
- “Teachers want relevant CPD – not motivational speakers” https://www.tes.com/news/teachers-want-relevant-cpd-not-motivational-speakers
Dr M Howard-Kishi