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Professional Development Days – Worthwhile learning opportunity, or just a big boondoggle for educators?

Teachers Convention

I often hear complaints from my non-teacher friends that their kids get too much time off school “just” so teachers can have professional days. It causes issues with child care, and parents are worried their kids are missing out on important curricula while the teachers are off having a grand old time, partying it up.


There has been a lot of talk in the media over the past year about children coming home with so much homework that they have little time left over to have some downtime after school. (or after piano, hockey, swimming, dance and art lessons.)

It’s a touchy subject, not just for parents but for teachers as well. Our job is to make each child as successful as possible, and we see the difference daily practice makes. There is no doubt that strong routines and solid support from home translates into better understanding and work habits.

There seems to be a prevailing opinion that all that “learning stuff” should take place at school. But the fact is, teachers barely have enough time to teach the curriculum outcomes. For mastery, practice needs to happen. And yes, it has to happen outside school time.