By Teachers, For Teachers
A professional educator is always learning and growing their craft. They are on an endless journey where they are always looking for new ideas or teaching strategies, ways to improve their skills, or new information that will help their students to succeed.
It takes a lot of hard work and effort to be a professional educator. It takes time to go to conferences and serve on committees, or to decide on continuing on the education path, if necessary. It requires effort to go that extra mile for the students who need it, and it takes patience to continually grow and truly understand your craft as a teacher.
The rewards of being an educator go to the professionals who are willing to go that extra mile or use their spare time to help others. Here are a few professional development tips to help you continue to grow and become that professional educator that you deserve to be.
As a professional educator, it’s essential that you take the time to promote student growth. This means the following.
While these are a just a few examples, the point that I’m trying to make is that you take the time to go a step further than just covering the basics year after year.
All too often, teachers forget how important their instructional time really is. While six to seven hours may seem like a lot of time to get things done, you have to remember that a lot of that time isn’t instructional. So, when you have those blocks of time with your students, you must make good use of it. Here’s what you should be doing.
The essence of a teacher is to help others. This is why it may so hard for educators to look at themselves to see what they can improve upon. Here are a few tips to help you improve your performance as a teacher.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Without a risk, there is no reward”? Oftentimes, teachers get so comfortable in their daily lives that they forget to take a risk. A risk may be trying that teaching strategy that you have always wanted to try, or implementing that piece of technology that you have heard so much about. Before you try something new in your classroom, make sure that you do your research about it. This will help you take that risk. Try observing other teachers who may have already implemented that strategy or piece of technology. By taking these steps, you are using a common-sense approach to the risk, and are more likely to try it.
An effective teacher isn’t afraid to talk to other educators and learn from them. They are willing to continue to learn their craft and take risks. They take the time to promote student growth as well as improve their own performance. They are always learning and always growing.
Do you have any professional development tips for teachers? Please share your tips in the comment section below, we would love to hear your ideas.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.