As a fifth-year alternatively certified teacher, I have reached a point in my career where I believe I must further my own education in order to push the envelope of my teaching abilities. While reading every educational blog I can get my hands on and pumping my veteran colleagues for insights, stories, perspectives, and advice have certainly saved my teaching career from oblivion, I know I must undertake a more structured and formal approach to becoming a better educator.
I also know that my long range goals — think 5 to 10 years down the road — will require me to have the credibility that comes with a master's degree or with being certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. My goal is to be able to help other teachers become better teachers, and in order to do that, they must be able to trust that I know what I'm doing in the classroom. I must also possess, and be able to explain clearly, concisely, and consistently the theoretical basis for what I do in the classroom, and what I will recommend others do.
With those thoughts in mind, and knowing that other teachers are pondering the same questions, I volunteered to host Sunday's #Oklaed chat. You can see the questions below: