How have you managed your development as a teacher in a busy schedule?
What should be chosen from such a plethora of possibilities and directions to go?
Consider factors such as:
Your current teaching context, the students age range, the school resources, the principal’s targets for that particular year or semester.
Based on your classroom scenario and your everyday experience, spot the focus issue.
In order to design a possible solution, you might feel the need of gathering tools and competences.Where to start then?
Teacher Action Research is one possible path for professional development that can be summarized in the following steps:
Spot a recurrent problem
Design a potential solution
Take action on your solution
Reflect on the results
Capture the learning
Repeat the process again and again
You might want to look around first. Would you consider learning from other teachers? From teachers all over the world and with different teaching contexts?
Yeah, then technology is a key tool.
In order to have access to information it’s a great idea to have good and interesting pieces of information get to you, surround yourself of input that can push you forward.
Here are some steps that have helped me:
Follow teaching communities that can add up to your vision as an educator.
Read and save favourite teaching-related articles,
Comment and take another step further: post questions to the community,
Share articles that called your attention,
Attend on-line conferences or webinars.
They are short and in case you can not attend it on schedule, you can always refer to the recordings.
I strongly encourage you to be a part of a community of other teachers who can be allies on your development.
http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/continuing-professional-development and TeachingEnglish Facebook page have so much to offer.
Have a profile on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin. Or get started with one of them.
Indeed, it is possible to fit continuous professional development into a teachers’ busy life.
Quoting Steve Jobs: “stay hungry, stay foolish”
You can always build something better, you can always break through the status quo.
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