Professional learning should be relevant to the varying needs of each teacher and principal, adapting as those needs change. Teachers and principals should be empowered to acquire and construct new knowledge as professional learners, then apply that knowledge to solve complex problems they face in and around the classroom.
Often, as a result of a mostly one-size-fits-all PD approach, teacher and principal needs are not met. As a result, their motivation to learn professionally is whittled away. This is costly to the teacher, school, and ultimately students and the wider community. Across developed countries, between 35 and 55% of teachers leave the profession within 5 years. The cost of such wide-scale professional dislocation is enormous. So how can schools and colleges with tens or hundred of teachers with varying professional needs practically personalize professional learning?
mme moe is a framework and functionality based on a philosophy for effective growth in teaching. It provides teachers and principals access to personalized and on-demand avenues to personal and professional growth.
When implemented with purpose and in a heutogogically sound way, mme moe will not only support, but greatly enhance learning for all teachers and principals. The personalized learning that results represents a shift from the content to the person as a means to facilitate teacher and principal agency and autonomy in their learning.
A more personalized approach to professional learning increases relevance and value for teachers and principals. This encourages deeper reflection on practice, stronger collegiality and better outcomes for students. We expect students' learning experiences to be personalized, we should expect no less for teachers who model learning for their students.
Paul is the Chief Learning Coach at mme moe. mme moe is the culmination of years of experience and expertise in assisting people to get better at what they do.