3 Professional Development Tips for Teachers

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Author: TwoSigmas Published on: July 2, 2020 Expected Reading Time: 3 mins


The highly complex occupation of teaching has too much of everything going on. The teacher’s profession requires its educators to constantly keep pace with the current trends and ideas embraced in the educational sector. For a teacher of the era of technologies, sticking to the deeply rooted and historically acclaimed traditions of educating is out of the question! To be useful to the advanced educational system of today as well as to sophisticated Gen Zers, teachers need to catch the modern vibe of education.

Granted, today’s teachers can upgrade their professional and personal performance with the help of time-proven recommendations and suggestions. Equipped with the powerful knowledge of how to boost your development and strengthen your professional awareness, you’ll reach the next level of your career success in no time!


Optimize the Learning Process


What makes a good teacher? What should be the prime concern of a good educator? The fundamental and most important task of every teacher is to pass knowledge to students in an effective way. And, given the extensive number of challenges that the educational process is mired in, it’s downright difficult for educators to bring to life their ultimate mission.

And what needs to be done first of all is optimizing the learning process. If you pull out all the stops to make the learning process effective, but all you see in the end is the same stagnant educational environment, you do need to make amends to how you organize and educate your class. Make sure to adapt the learning process to the students in your class: tailor your teaching style to how students perceive your explanation, how they follow you throughout the class. Pay attention to the mood that prevails in class, altering your teaching style depending on the current mood of your students. Staying alert and attentive will help you understand them much better. Listening to your students reading their essays aloud will assist you in finding out if they actually wrote them or had them written by experts from some famous academic writing service.


To optimize the learning process effectively, you can also consider changing the educational materials you use, as some may be ineffective in providing students the necessary knowledge. Look at the materials you utilize from a different perspective and double-check their relevance and effectiveness.


Go Hard on Checking Useful Sources!


No matter how proficient a teacher you think you are, getting new and updated information is always a good idea. This is especially true for the people who work in a multilayered environment, like the education sector. For busy teachers, burying themselves in tons of additional helpful materials is a bit of a challenge, and it is most often an idea that gets quickly rejected. However, it’s quite misleading to overestimate your teaching ability and underestimate the importance of improving on a regular basis.

To be a successful teacher, you need to dedicate time to improving yourself using materials on teaching, such as books, audiobooks, videos, presentations, and other means of gaining information. These days, videos prove to be the most effective and widely used medium for receiving information for self-development among teachers. That being said, visit YouTube and look up trending interviews, informative or motivational speeches, and other video content that can benefit your self-improvement as a teacher.

And no one says that other formats such as books and presentations are not worthy of attention. They may be a little less effective, given the escalating popularity of videos, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at a credible book written by a seasoned teacher who shares their story of success with self-development. 


Do a Survey


Nowadays, it’s getting more popular among teachers to ask their students to leave feedback on their performance. Giving them a small questionnaire where they are expected to provide information on how they perceive you as a teacher is a great idea, especially when it comes to learning from your mistakes and self-improvement! However, this option is a bit edgy to rely on due to one critical factor: student feedback is very likely to be biassed and highly subjective. But, using it as an additional tool for self-development sounds like a pretty good solution!

What format should you use for the survey, then? At first sight, it might seem that the format matters very little here. However, there are always factors that play a huge role in how objectively and openly students will provide their answers to you.


For more articles and advice on professional development, check out Tes' hub at the following link - https://www.tes.com/new-teachers/training-and-cpd

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