Educators are an innovative bunch. As such, new developments, techniques, and approaches are constantly being developed to improve outcomes for students. Makerspaces, cyberlearning, NGSS, oh my! While the integration of modern innovation and creativity is essential for the success of our students, it is also downright exhausting to try to keep up with the frenetic pace of changes in education, plus keep your day job!
Here are my top three ways for teachers to stay current and up-to-date with the latest educational developments in 30 minutes per week or less:
One of my favorite ways to stay informed, learn new things, and challenge my perspectives is through podcasts. There are thousands of podcasts covering pretty much any topic you can think of, and thus the educational implications for both teachers and students are immense. If you are looking to get started with podcasts, or looking to diversify your listening base, click here to see my three favorite podcasts for educators. The beauty of podcasts is that they are as mobile as you are, and can be listened to any time, anywhere. I like to listen to podcasts in the car, during my lunch, and sometimes even while I am pushing my kids on the swing if it is a really good one!
Bright Classroom Ideas
The slogan of www.brightclassroomideas.com is “ideas you can take to class today”, and that is exactly what every time-crunched teacher needs. What I like about Bright Classroom Ideas is that the stories featured are often based on the latest developments in educational research and innovation, but presented in bite-sized amounts. Curator Savas Savides does a phenomenal job of ensuring content is presented in ways that are highly applicable to your classroom, today. Stay up to date with all the latest educational happenings, and walk away with great ideas that you can implement in your class.
I am a firm believer that education cannot occur in a vacuum. The best educators are those that know how to connect their content to the real world, empowering students to see the relevance of what they are learning. Knowledge for knowledge’s sake holds little importance in today’s increasingly digital economy. Need to know a discrete fact? Google it! Thus, the need for educators to position themselves as connectors within their community is imperative. To do this effectively, one must know what is happening in the world around them, and within their community. Read the newspaper, listen to the local radio station, hang out at the Starbucks for a few minutes – do small and simple things to keep the pulse on your community so you can connect your classroom to the world outside.