Teachhub posted an article about professional development skills of a modern teacher in 21st century. Professional development can be increased by improving any of the required skills of an individual. Read on to find out which course is appropriate for the improvement of a specific skill.
Adapting lesson to each student can be very demanding. Especially when number of students with special needs is increasing. Teachers need to adapt to this trend by creating inclusive school environment, understanding students with special needs and planning inclusive lessons. Did you know autistic students often find tasks requiring a lot of planning and organisation too difficult to manage? It is recommended to allow them to take photos of complicated instructions using their mobile phone or tablet.
Sometimes it’s hard to be confident and believe in yourself. Having confidence in your students or colleagues can be even more demanding. It’s easier once you know your character strengths and strong points of others to focus on them. By taking free survey (http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey) you will find out which are your character strengths and how to use them.
Communication skills are important when working with students, parents and colleagues, since they can as well improve your conflict resolution skills. Substantial understanding of psychological dynamics can benefit your communication and relationship with others. Once you realise people are often communicating from different ego states instead of reacting to the present moment, it’s easier to avoid conflicts.
Teachers encounter team work daily. This can be very beneficial, since team members help each other find solution in difficult situations. To make this process efficient, it’s advisable to use coaching skills and tools. When colleagues are facing problems, people tend to advise them instead of posing questions. On the other hand, researches show advises are less beneficial when solving problems than questions. By posing questions we encourage colleagues to think and find a solution that’s the best for them, instead of imposing ours.
As a teacher you know learning is a lifelong process. All our courses are about encourage learning new techniques, skills, sharing ideas and examples of good practice.
Thinking of new ideas for your lessons can be easier when using tools that enhance creativity. You can boost your student’s imagination by using DeBono’s thinking tools, such as PMI (plus, minus, interesting). After you gather different ideas, evaluate them individually by considering their pluses, minuses and interesting points. After that it will be easier for you to decide which idea is the best one.
Source: Cox, J. (2019). 15 Professional Development Skills for Modern Teachers. Teachhub. Retrieved from https://www.teachhub.com/15-professional-development-skills…