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ERIC Number: ED453215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
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Keeping Teaching Fresh.
Al-Bataineh, Adel; Nur-Awaleh, Mohamed
This paper discusses how experienced teachers can keep their teaching fresh. Though professional development can help teachers stay current with educational techniques and practices, it is often not prioritized. Instructional changes that can recharge teachers so they provide students with optimal learning include: providing regular teacher collaboration time; offering collaborative, social experiences and extensive discussions of issues supporting teachers' change efforts; and maintaining and strengthening teachers' professionalism. Historically, professional development has been considered an isolated experience, but to meet students' changing needs, it must occur daily. Regular professional development can create a sense of community that is essential for teachers. Team meetings are one way to achieve professional development. However, art, music, foreign language, and physical education teachers are often not a part of this loop. Release time during the day is one solution to lack of time for professional development. This can happen through early dismissal or late starts or by hiring substitutes. Five ways for teachers to avoid burnout include: avoiding troublemakers, surrounding oneself with friends, balancing one's life, picking one's battles, and keeping the faith. Dialogue or discourse among peers may be one of the best ways teachers can keep their teaching fresh. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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