I was very fortunate to have to the opportunity to attend some of the presentations and discussions at the 2011 Reform Symposium (#rscon11 on twitter). What is even better is that the sessions were recorded, so I will be able to listen to the sessions I did not get to attend as well as listen again to the ones I attended. As a participant in the 2010 Reform Symposium (search for Reform Symposium on my blog to find posts about it), I knew there would be lots of great things shared, but it was information overload ... in a good way.
This was/is free professional development shared by people all around the world that you can experience at home in your pajamas! I have a hard time thinking of better PD ...
One of the sessions I attended was "One thing I've Learned To Make Me A Better Teacher" which was an open discussion facilitated by Melissa Tran. (I knew it would be great especially since her name is Melissa) :)
Here are a few of the comments that stood out to me:
- it is important to surround yourself with positive influences
- developing a PLN on twitter will prove so beneficial
- feel passion in what you do
- help develop the passions of others
- make connects and build relationships with all those around those (students, teachers, coworkers ...)
- what we do is all about sharing
- teach from the heart ... students will know if you really care
- you have to reach students before you can teach them
- failure is OK as long as you learn from it
Since things from this session stuck in my mind, I decided to ask a question on twitter (I am @mwedwards): "What is something you have learned that you think new teachers should know?"
I will share a few of the responses I got:
- "That parents are partners... that you're stronger together and to use rubrics and save evidence of work 4 interviews"
- "New Teachers should know how to handle parent/teacher conferences. Listen to parents voice concerns,then solve problems together"
- "Wish teachers taught relaxation training on a regular basis!"
- "I have learned too many things to mention in a tweet!"
What are some things you have learned that you think new teachers should know?
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