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Watch and Learn

2013/02/22

Some of the things that can make you a better teacher have nothing to do with you or what goes on in your classroom.

 

Specifically, I'm talking about other teachers.  You should take advantage of every opportunity you have to collaborate or learn from other teachers in your school or elsewhere.

 

You can learn a lot from your coworkers.  Of course if you team teach in your own classes, you should set aside time each week to speak with your team teacher in advance.  If you are the main teacher in the class, you should be listening to their opinions and finding ways to improve the class or even have your partner play a bigger role.  Doing the planning together will also keep both of you on the same page, both literally and figuratively.  If you are the support role in the classroom, offering to plan together before class will show your willingness to participate and play a bigger role if that's what you are looking for.

 

But sometimes you can learn a lot more by not participating in the class at all.  Observing classes is a fantastic way to watch how other teachers work their magic.  You should ask your coworkers if they would mind having you in the back of the classroom for a lesson or two so that you can watch how they teach the class.  This is a great way to learn how experienced teachers in your school handle class management, time management, or even rapport with the students.

 

Find time in your schedule to improve your own teaching by watching someone else.  Your students (and other teachers as well) will definitely notice.


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