While a teacher’s professional responsibility is to teach students, teachers are also responsible for their own learning and growth. Because teachers spend much of their time preparing lessons and teaching, they may find it difficult to take time to participate in professional groups or communities. However, teachers should be looking for ways to improve their teaching abilities and methods as they educate their students. Some teachers work on their professional growth alone; some teachers find it helpful to communicate with fellow educators to learn and improve.
To replace or improve those methods of teacher professional development that have proven unproductive and futile, educators can implement several strategies to reinvent professional learning communities like a professional. These strategies encourage teachers to think outside the box and reform the way they evaluate their teaching abilities and the success of their students in a classroom.
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