Tomorrow, I'm heading off to a two day seminar at USC for the Summer Gifted Institute and Demonstration School. A couple of days ago, I wasn't sure I would go after finding out that I may not actually be teaching fifth grade next year. (Due to an increase in enrollment, there may be too many students for a GATE cluster.) But the fact of the matter is, professional development is always beneficial and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn first hand from Sandra Kaplan on "Scholarly Attributes" and "Think like a Disciplinarian" stuff. So I will be heading out tomorrow with all the working people who travel to Los Angeles every day!
I think that no matter what, teachers can always benefit from professional development and collaboration with others outside their own school site. When I stop learning more, that will be the day I know it is time to give up teaching!