A student in last year’s group, who had worked in another profession for a couple of years, reflects on her first month of teaching: “… Teaching is a profession that gives me lots of chances to learn new things!” She has just learnt how to make a submarine and a catapult from a STEM workshop.
In fact, it’s not just first-year teachers who have a lot to learn. Teaching is so multi-faceted that even veteran teachers cannot claim to know everything. It’s a matter of professional attitude. Continuing professional development not only prevents teachers from falling behind, it also prevents them from stagnating. It helps to keep up their enthusiasm in their work.
In the last two weeks, I attended two workshops offered by Apple on how to use MacOS applications. (I bought a Macbook recently.) I was the oldest guy in the classroom; but it was so much fun.