New School Year: Start at the beginning

Begin by re-examining the foundational beliefs that drew you to the field of education. From there, lay out your plan for the coming school year; identify your strengths and gaps; tap into resources to expand your knowledge.

New School Year: Start at the beginning

August 15th, 2022

There are certain beliefs about children, about professional learning, and about schools that bear heavily on a teacher’s willingness to learn, and what it is he or she feels impelled to seek to learn. Without these beliefs, teachers are not committed to stretching themselves to acquire the expertise that none of us starts with. Beliefs drive behavior, are often unexamined, and are resistant to change. Without understanding one’s beliefs, it is impossible to understand one’s attitude and motivation to learn new skills and approaches to teaching.

The Skillful Teacher, 7th Edition

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