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Perpetual Education: 4 Ways Educators Can Improve Themselves (847 hits)

You might be a teacher, but that doesnít mean you should stop learning. While your students might look up to you, thereís no reason to take this for granted. Respect is earned, not guaranteed, after all. You need to do all you can to show them (and yourself) that youíre enthusiastic about their success. If you donít, it can be easy to feel cynical. Here are four ways educators can improve themselves.

Using Technology

There was a time when having a computer alone was an incredible development for a classroom. Now, thatís a (hopefully) foregone conclusion, and there are all kinds of new tools and tricks for teachers to become aware. Programs such as Pocket, Evernote, and Animoto help you keep things more organized and engage students with more dynamic lesson presentations.

Donít overload yourself with too many electronic teaching tools at once. Instead, start slowly and pay attention to which ones your students are most receptive to. Itís also up to you to design lesson plans that are exciting for your students. You want to make things involving but also personal for your students.

Attend Teaching Seminars

The notion of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is patently untrue. When it comes to professional development for teachers, you need to be as on the ball as possible. Learning new ideas means you need to make a concentrated effort to do so. Look for teaching seminars in or around your area. See what kinds of topics will be discussed.
Thereís likely to be things that you had never considered, but should be. Donít act like youíre above being further educated. As a teacher, you should know that we all need some extra help every now and then. You might be at one of these seminars in the future, imparting your own wisdom as a featured speaker.

Donít Procrastinate

We know what youíre probably thinking: Arenít students the ones who procrastinate? Well, they do, but that doesnít mean that teachers canít. Think about how long it takes for you to return graded papers and tests. If youíre putting these things off, you probably wonít end up putting in a good effort. That will lead to you sending negative messages to your students. If you want your students to work hard, you have to show them respect and set an example. To do this, get started on your grading and lesson planning as soon as possible, rather than waiting.

Be Involved

You might have started off caring intensely about the success of all your students, but you need to check how you feel now. We all go through occasional bouts of burnout in our jobs. However, if youíre clocking in day after day with no sense of enthusiasm, things need to change. Make sure you are taking the time to get to know each student and how they work.
If you see them doing well, recognize it. If a student is struggling, do what you can to encourage them. Success largely depends on the studentís efforts, but an educatorís impact is also greatly important. Show enthusiasm towards your students, and they should show enthusiasm towards their work.

We hope this has given you a great idea of what skills an educator needs to improve themselves. Itís a continuous process to keep learning about how to teach. You want to be the educator that your students look up to. Thereís no shortcut to becoming a terrific educator. Instead, you need to go in every day with enthusiasm for what you do. Think about teachers you admired in the past. Then, do everything you can to emulate them.
Posted By: Kara Masterson
Wednesday, February 14th 2018 at 11:24AM
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