You’ve achieved your goal of becoming an educator. You get your summers off, and you enjoy the benefits of feeding the minds of today’s youth. However, things are changing in the world of education, and it is your job to keep up with those changes.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, check out these three ways you can keep up with the ever-changing world that is teaching.
1. High Ed News
Take the time to learn what your students will be learning in the future. If you teach high school or middle school, it is a good idea to keep up on the university level changes that are happening. Additionally, if you teach at the college level, you may want to pay close attention to what is going to be expected of you and how you can apply that information to the lessons you’ll deliver. Not only will this help you gain a greater understanding of what is expected of your students, it will also help you prepare them properly for the future.
It’s always a good idea to attend conferences on teaching. These conferences have panel discussions, debates, and seminars that you can attend, all of which are packed full of information and news regarding pedagogy. If the institution that you work for doesn’t pay for you to attend these conferences, don’t be afraid to spend a little money to attend them yourself. Not only will this give you the edge on your institution’s practices, it will help you build a better learning system for your students and a better teaching system for your colleagues.
3. Teaching Communities
Not only do your colleagues have a lot to offer when it comes to advice on teaching specific students, they can also give you additional information on the path that education is traveling down. Commit yourself to educational communities in order to learn more about how applying pedagogical practices can help you become a better teacher. Teachers need to spend a lot of time and resources on further education in order to stay ahead of the game. There are a lot of ways to keep up with the changes in education. Make sure you pay attention to higher ed news, attend conferences, and dedicate yourself to teaching communities.