Ch 6: Professional Development for Educators

About This Chapter

Review the purpose of professional development for educators in this useful and enlightening chapter. As you advance through it, utilize the assessment opportunities to gauge your comprehension of the material.

Professional Development for Educators - Chapter Summary

Professional development is a mandatory but also very useful part of being an educator. As this chapter details, it allows education professionals to stay current on the technology, trends and research in the field. These lessons will help you better understand how to apply the concepts and strategies you learn from professional development activities into your everyday classroom experience.

Use this chapter to review the roles teacher play, the stages of teacher development and the qualities of an effective teacher. Additionally, you'll study aspects of teacher professional development including:

  • Developing and achieving professional goals
  • Useful activities, ideas and resources for professional development
  • Methods for conducting action research and applying data to instruction
  • Applying reflective teaching
  • Encouraging parent and community involvement in the classroom
  • Staying current with education trends

Conclude each informative lesson by applying what you've learned as you answer the brief multiple-choice quiz questions. These assessments will help you gauge your retention of the material and highlight any areas that need further review. Use the embedded links within in the quizzes to re-examine specific topics. You can also utilize the printable quiz worksheets to help identify main ideas as you study the lessons. This program allows you to complete each section at your own pace and offers access to expert instructors for any questions that may arise.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Professional Development for Educators
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What are the Roles of a Teacher?

1. What are the Roles of a Teacher?

Educating is just one of the many things you will have to do in your role as teacher. This lesson will detail several of the key roles teachers play in classrooms and schools.

Stages of Teacher Development

2. Stages of Teacher Development

As Charles Kuralt once stated, 'Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.' This is why each stage of the teacher development process is so important. This lesson will highlight each stage of the process and provide examples. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Becoming an Effective Teacher

3. Becoming an Effective Teacher

Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.

Teacher Professional Development Goals

4. Teacher Professional Development Goals

This lesson discusses the importance of having robust professional development goals and shares tips for achieving those goals. In addition, reasons for pursuing the goals mentioned below are discussed.

Teacher Professional Development Activities

5. Teacher Professional Development Activities

In this lesson, we will discuss why professional development is essential for teachers and types of professional development activities. We will also briefly cover state requirements and paying for professional development.

Teacher Professional Development Ideas

6. 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.

Action Research in Education: Methods & Examples

7. Action Research in Education: Methods & Examples

Action research is often used in the field of education. The following lesson provides two examples of action research in the field of education, methods of conducting action research and a quiz to assess your understanding of the topic.

Using Data to Inform Instruction

8. Using Data to Inform Instruction

This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

What is Reflective Teaching? - Definition & Methods

9. What is Reflective Teaching? - Definition & Methods

Find out what reflective teaching is and how to apply it in your teaching practice. Learn basic methods of reflective teaching. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Promoting Community Involvement in Schools

10. Promoting Community Involvement in Schools

School districts are often at the physical center of their neighborhoods. Parents expect their schools to educate and care for their children, while offering the best of where they live, so it's a perfect marriage when the extended community is involved in the life and needs of the school.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tips for Teachers

11. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tips for Teachers

This lesson looks at the best tips for teachers for parent-teacher conferences, in order to help create positive results for both student and teacher. It gives practical examples of real-life situations. The lesson is followed by a practical quiz.

How to Keep Up with Trends in Education

12. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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