8 Ways To Grow As A Teacher….

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1. Start Small

Don’t reinvent everything you do, even if that new “thing” you’ve found suggests to do
exactly that. This needs to be sustainable. Start small, even if you’re starting small so
that you can change everything.

2. Start Right Away

Soon your perception of that new idea or resource will change–lose its shine, or
become vague somehow. Start small, and start right away.

3. See Learning as a System

With new changes, adjustments need to be made. Your new assessment strategy,
learning app, social media tool, will change the ecosystem of how you teach. Go with it,
not blindly, but with the understanding that if you’re not adapting, you’re likely withering.

4. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect

Reflect on what you learned, reflect after further reading, reflect after discussing it with
students or colleagues, then reflect after giving it a try.

5. Collaborate Meaningfully 

Speaking of sharing it with colleagues, collaboration not only opens up new thinking to
further thinking, revision, and extension but also “puts you on the hook” to see the idea

6. Listen to Students

They’ll let you know how you’re doing, and how any changes to your teaching are
“going.” You just have to be willing to listen with an open mind.

7. Stay Curious

One change to your craft of teaching will undoubtedly lead to another. Stay curious,
respond to new thinking with a critical eye and a heart full of possibility.
Just as you encourage your own students to stay active, engaged, and connected, you
too can keep reading about new ideas, connecting to new communities, participating in
twitter chats and collegial conversation in order to reflect, and in the process continue to
refine yourself professionally, making lasting change in the way you teach.

8. Celebrate Learning!

Without celebrating success–the success and growth of your students and how you
helped them  are it happen–your job is unsustainable. The same way your students
need to see progress and believe what they’re doing is working, so do you.
Source – https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/8-strategies-to-change-how-you-

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