As educators, we are continually trying to help our students learn. We’re always telling them the importance of learning and that the skills we teach them will be useful throughout the rest of their lives. But, sometimes we, as educators, forget that we should also be learning. An educator is a life-long student. Educators should always be bettering their craft and finding the newest and best ideas to share with their students. How can we continue learning? Here are some great ways to start:
Life moves so quickly now that some find it hard to find the time to read educational books. One resource that I have gained the most information from is reading blogs. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do and many blogs display current practices happening in the classroom! Blogging yourself is also a great way to reflect on what you’re doing in your own classroom, while also sharing your ideas with others.
2. Create a Pinterest board
So many educators utilize Pinterest to help them organize the great ideas they find in one visual place. Erin Klein is an exemplary teacher who uses Pinterest not only for herself, but also for her grade level team, and her students’ parents!
Online webinars are excellent opportunities to continue your learning! Many of them are free, and if you can’t catch them live, always sign up anyway because they’ll send you a recording. You can always watch the webinar afterwards on your own time!
Too often I hear teachers say, “Well my school won’t send me to conferences. They don’t have the money”. That’s where the idea of EdCamps were born. EdCamps are free “unconferences” that are held all across the country on Saturdays! They are absolutely incredible learning opportunities where you get to sit and talk with like-minded individuals.
5. Join Twitter
I can’t express this strongly enough. Joining Twitter was the singularly number one thing that changed and revolutionized my career. It allows me to connect with like-minded individuals from all over the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can even directly tweet my Remind messages right after I send them. I have gained so much more knowledge connecting with people on Twitter than all of the conferences I’ve been to combined.
Learning is a choice. Staying stagnant is a choice. We are in a world of limitless possibilities and opportunities to continually learn due to the internet. Take control of your learning, better your craft, and be the best teacher that you can be, if only for your students’ sake.