emapey2 @loonyhiker Hi Pat!! Teachers as Masters Learners, http://bit.ly/dshIp6 What do you think is the role of the new teacher???
He referred to the post, Teachers as Master Learners by Will Richardson. In the post, the author writes,
“…we teach kids to learn. We can’t teach kids to learn unless we are learners ourselves, and our understanding of learning has to encompass the rich, passion-based interactions that take place in these social learning spaces online.”
I think a new teacher has many roles. Here are some that I thought of but they aren’t in any order of importance. They are more in the order as they came to my mind. If you have any you think I left off, please let me know.
1. Bring in knowledge of new instructional strategies.
2. Be willing to learn from more experienced teachers.
3. Continue to fine tune their art of teaching.
4. Develop a Personal/Professional Learning network online and face to face.
5. Bring a zest for teaching and learning to the environment.
6. Be willing to share current research with others.
7. Stay current with what research is out there by connecting with others.
8. Ask questions when they are confused or don’t understand something.
9. Seek support when they are discouraged. Don’t be afraid to share these feelings because every teacher has them.
10. Don’t volunteer to do too many things (because it is hard for a new teacher to say no).
I think new teachers bring so many new ideas and techniques to a school that it would be a waste not to take advantage of this. With the energy and excitement of new teachers, I think they breathe fresh air into a school. I love when new teachers come to a school because their wonderful attitude can be quite contagious and help a school be more successful.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).