It's easy for busy teachers to get bogged down in day-to-day tasks. And that doesn't leave much time for you to get reinvigorated about your teaching. Sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin when you're facing the burnout factor. Try one of this week's tips to give yourself and your teaching a much-needed shot in the arm.
This Week's Tips
Join a Professional Organization (Monday)
Joining a professional teaching organization can inspire you with new ideas, connections with colleagues, and perspectives on teaching.
Your school may even pay for it. Through professional journals, you can learn about the latest trends and research in your field, attend conferences, and connect with professionals in the field. Check our Web-Based Resources section
for a professional organization that meets your needs.
Enroll in a Course (Tuesday)
Tool up on the most recent trends in your field or educational technology with a course. Special workshops can also provide worthwhile instruction in an accelerated time. Check out your local university's extension program, or go online to find an accredited course that will help you build your professional portfolio. Taking a class with a colleague can increase the fun while deepening the professionalism at your school.
Collaborate with Others (Wednesday)
Seek out colleagues to collaborate with on research projects, teaching ideas, and grant projects. Consider creating a Teachers Round Table and invite other teachers from your field in your district to participate. Connecting with others in your field can help you find solutions and generate new ideas for your teaching.
Initiate a Grant-Funded Project (Thursday)
Apply for a grant to fund a project you want to see happen in your classroom.
Granting organizations publish guidelines that can help you prepare your application. Check out the grant opportunities listed in our Web-Based Resources section
for a list of grants available to teachers.
Explore the Web (Friday)
Use the Web to get energized about your teaching.
Visit Web sites with teaching ideas, lesson plans, and other professional development information. Bookmark the sites you find most useful and make an effort to visit them regularly. Our Web-Based Resources section
is a good place to start for teacher-specific Internet resources.