Make Friends with Great Educators

Sep. 29, 2013

Millions of smart teachers have come before you. Try to drink up as much of their wisdom as you can. Given the proliferation of teacher blogs and open educational resources, seeking teaching tips and resources from the Internet can be like drinking from a fire hose. Still, get into that fracas. Join educator networks and organizations, read blogs, sign up for newsletters.1

Before the term starts, reach out to other teachers who work at your school; become allies with them. Some will become key bastions of support, expertise, and institutional knowledge. They can help you with issues you can't figure out on your own—because they've been there with the same kids you're about to teach.

Cultivating networks of teachers with more experience and craft knowledge is how you get better. Think about how people improve at anything—by gaining experts' perspectives and then adding lots of individual practice and reflection

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