Becoming an effective teacher is an ongoing process. Continually learning new teaching methods and techniques can help you on your journey.
- Read journal articles and the latest research. There are many educational organizations that produce websites, newsletters, and articles with the current educational methods and techniques. Knowing the current trends can help you decide whether or not they will fit with your teaching style.
- Take a class. You most likely need the credits for continuing education to renew your teaching license anyway, so take a methods course to fulfill those requirements. If you still have your methods book from college, pull it out and dust it off. Review some of the methods and advice that you may have forgotten.
- Observe your colleagues. Perhaps your best resources are your friends and colleagues around you. Take time to go and observe other teachers present a lesson. Take notes about what you notice about their methods and techniques then figure out how you can use them as well. Ask trusted colleagues to observe you as well. You may not realize you are doing something that they can catch. Do not get defensive when they offer constructive criticism and really evaluate yourself honestly.
- Just do it! Try out new methods and techniques. If it doesn't work out, figure out what went wrong. Try it again with some changes and then decide if it is appropriate for you or if you should try something different.
- Pay attention at in-service workshops. Technique and methods are often topics of these days of staff improvement. Even if they are not instructional techniques, they may help you improve your relationship with your students and indirectly improve your methods.
Educators not only teach, they need to continually learn as well. By integrating new methods and techniques into your lessons, you can rejuvenate your love of teaching and reach students that may not have been living up to potential.