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Things you can do to grow professionally

On your own:

  • Set personal and professional goals
  • Connect with other teachers
  • Communicate with your principal and mentor
  • Keep a journal of your teaching experiences and thoughts
  • Write letters and e-mails to relatives and friends about your experiences
  • Celebrate goals achieved and other teaching successes
  • Take on a new responsibility in your school
  • Find websites that will inform your teaching
  • Join professional organizations
  • Attend conferences
  • Examine your teaching and your students’ performance

With others:

  • Take a class or attend a workshop
  • Ask for ideas from colleagues
  • Have your students give you feedback
  • Study videotapes of yourself and your students
  • Read professional journals (share and discuss articles)
  • Join (form) a study group to read and discuss a professional book about a topic of interest
  • Connect with community resources to enrich your teaching and your students’ learning
  • Contact retired teachers for advice and ideas