Professional Development Tips for Teachers

Professional educators are always learning and growing their skills. 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 pupils/students succeed.

It takes a lot of hard work and effort to be a professional educator. It takes time to go to seminars/workshops and serve on committees. It requires effort to go that extra mile for the pupils/students who need it, and it takes patience to continually grow and truly understand your expertise as a teacher.

The reward 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 pupil/student growth. This means the following.

  • Set high expectations for pupils/students achievement.
  • Use the most-recent educational technology, while staying in line with your school culture.
  • Plan instructional strategies.
  • Apply higher-order thinking skills.
  • Use cooperative learning.
  • Apply classroom management techniques
  • Use start-ups to help pupils/students improve their reading and thinking skills

While these are a just a few examples, make out time to go a step further than just covering the basics year after year.

Make Use of Your Time

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 that much time with your pupils/students, you must make good use of it. Here’s what you should be doing.

  • Focusing your pupils’/students’ attention on the task at hand.
  • Using materials and technology appropriately.
  • Maintaining a flow or rhythm in the classroom.
  • Evaluating classroom instruction.
  • Planning according to pupil/student ability (differentiated instruction).
  • Optimizing the time for the task at hand.
  • Improve on your questions skills

 

Improve Your Performance

The essence of a teacher is to help others. This is why it may be 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.

  1. Read – Join a professional scholarly journal, go online and read educational blogs, or read some literature on education. Knowledge is power.
  2. Participate – Attend educational conferences or workshops, or attend online seminars. Participation in these types of event will make you a more effective teacher.
  3. Join a Group – There are many groups that you can join, online and off. All of these groups are a great source of information as well as inspiration. You can learn a lot from other professionals who have years of experience.
  4. Observe Your Peers – An effective teacher takes the time to observe other teachers. These teachers can be a great source of knowledge for you. You can find a new strategy to teach or behaviour management plan to implement.
  5. Share – Once you have improved your performance, then you should share your knowledge with others. Contribute to your profession, and others will be thankful.

 Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks

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 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.

 

Professional educators are always learning and growing their skills. 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 pupils/students succeed.

It takes a lot of hard work and effort to be a professional educator. It takes time to go to seminars/workshops and serve on committees. It requires effort to go that extra mile for the pupils/students who need it, and it takes patience to continually grow and truly understand your expertise as a teacher.

The reward 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 pupil/student growth. This means the following.

  • Set high expectations for pupils/students achievement.
  • Use the most-recent educational technology, while staying in line with your school culture.
  • Plan instructional strategies.
  • Apply higher-order thinking skills.
  • Use cooperative learning.
  • Apply classroom management techniques
  • Use start-ups to help pupils/students improve their reading and thinking skills

While these are a just a few examples, make out time to go a step further than just covering the basics year after year.

Make Use of Your Time

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 that much time with your pupils/students, you must make good use of it. Here’s what you should be doing.

  • Focusing your pupils’/students’ attention on the task at hand.
  • Using materials and technology appropriately.
  • Maintaining a flow or rhythm in the classroom.
  • Evaluating classroom instruction.
  • Planning according to pupil/student ability (differentiated instruction).
  • Optimizing the time for the task at hand.
  • Improve on your questions skills

 

Improve Your Performance

The essence of a teacher is to help others. This is why it may be 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.

  1. Read – Join a professional scholarly journal, go online and read educational blogs, or read some literature on education. Knowledge is power.
  2. Participate – Attend educational conferences or workshops, or attend online seminars. Participation in these types of event will make you a more effective teacher.
  3. Join a Group – There are many groups that you can join, online and off. All of these groups are a great source of information as well as inspiration. You can learn a lot from other professionals who have years of experience.
  4. Observe Your Peers – An effective teacher takes the time to observe other teachers. These teachers can be a great source of knowledge for you. You can find a new strategy to teach or behaviour management plan to implement.
  5. Share – Once you have improved your performance, then you should share your knowledge with others. Contribute to your profession, and others will be thankful.

 Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks

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 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.

 

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