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Growing & Developing Professionally as an Educator - Chapter Summary
This chapter highlights the importance of out-of-class activities and organizations that help teachers and other educators stay abreast of what is happening in their professional field. Here, we will introduce you to a mixture of brief text and video lessons that will help you understand topics like the definition of a professional learning community, types of professional development for educators, and ways to stay current with the trends in education.
These mobile-friendly lessons will provide answers for how teachers can become involved in activities and projects outside of the classroom, resources available for educators who want to further their development, and specific membership requirements for the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers. You will understand items like the steps to find a field-specific organization within education and details of the ethical code of conduct. You can test yourself through quick quizzes on subjects like what you can do to consider your students first and why compliance with school and district regulation is important.
How It Helps
- Gives examples: Your knowledge of the specific ways to develop as a teacher will help you decide which ways you want to become involved.
- Explains options: Your understanding of the membership requirements of different teaching organizations will help you decide if membership is right for you.
- Provides goals: Because you will learn how and why it is important to keep your students first in education, you can develop classroom management techniques and curriculum that supports this goal.
By the end of the chapter, you will be able to:
- Understand the usefulness of a professional learning community
- Incorporate professional development into your future plans
- Chose the ways to keep up with current teaching trends
- Know how to get involved in activities outside of the classroom
- Recall ideas for professional development to assist yourself and other educators
- Remember the purposes of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers
- Join the right field-specific organization for you
- Stay within the ethical code of conduct for teachers
- Develop lesson plans that are centered around students
- Maintain your compliance with school and district regulations
1. Professional Learning Community: Definition & Model
Teachers work together provide the best education for their students. Often they are organized into professional learning communities (PLCs) to help facilitate this process. This lesson will introduce PLCs and how they are implemented in schools.
2. Professional Development for Educators: Benefits & Types
Completing your degree and obtaining professional certification are only the first steps in a teaching career. Professional development involving ongoing reflection, focused study, and targeted conversation with colleagues ensures best practices are being implemented for overall student success.
3. How to Keep Up with Trends in Education
In this lesson, we will look at several ways teachers can stay up to date on trends in education. We will discuss topics such as attending professional development, taking a college class, joining a professional organization, among others.
4. Teacher Contributions Beyond the Classroom
Teachers have a large impact on students' lives beyond the classroom. This lesson describes ways teachers can participate in school outside the classroom, explains the importance of doing so, and provides examples.
5. Teacher Professional Development Ideas
This lesson is designed to provide resources for teachers, future teachers, researchers, and others who want to enhance teacher professional development. Professional development is an essential way for educators to enhance critical thinking skills, gain new knowledge of the subject matter, and explore new learning tools.
6. National Education Association (NEA): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The National Education Association (NEA) is a major force in the world of American education. Watch this lesson to find out what the NEA is, what it does, what its core values are, who can become a member, and how to join.
7. American Federation of Teachers (AFT): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) provides many benefits to its members across the country. In this lesson, we'll explore the AFT, including how to join, the structure of the organization, and its mission and work across the United States.
8. Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education
Joining a professional education organization can provide educators with all sorts of benefits. But how can a teacher find an association in his or her content area? Watch this lesson for the benefits of field-specific organizations and how to find one.
9. Code of Ethical Conduct in the Teaching Profession
Many professions recognize set standards for moral conduct. This lesson examines the code of ethical conduct in the teaching profession and the importance of adhering to that code.
10. How to Put Students First as a Teacher
Teachers face many different pressures and answer to many different people. Yet teachers must remember amidst it all that students do come first. This lesson will help you consider ways you can keep students at the fore of your practice.
11. Complying with School & District Regulations as a Teacher
Teachers are expected to comply with standards set by schools or districts. This lesson explains why this component of professional behavior is important to success as an educator.
12. Interview Techniques & Tips for Teachers
The interview process can be a stressful time for teachers. Use this lesson to prepare for interviews and polish up your techniques so you'll stand out as the best candidate.
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Other chapters within the Using Danielson's Framework for Teaching in the Classroom course
- Introduction to Danielson's Framework for Teaching
- Knowledge of Content & Pedagogy
- Student Development & Learning
- Setting Instructional Outcomes
- Designing Instruction & Assesssments
- Creating & Managing a Classroom Environment
- Managing Student Behavior & Communication
- Using Questioning & Discussion Techniques in Teaching
- Engaging Students in the Learning Process
- Flexible, Responsive & Reflective Teaching
- Maintaining Accurate Records in the Classroom
- Communicating with Students' Families