Engages in self-reflection and professional learning for continuous growth and expertise in content and pedagogy.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective educators continually improve their instructional skills by keeping up to date with the latest research and incorporating new strategies into their teaching. They use multiple data sources to evaluate the outcomes of their teaching, reflect on their effectiveness, and make efforts to improve their practice.

What Effective Teachers Consider

How can I improve my teaching practices? What am I currently reading and learning to strengthen my current skills and obtain new ones. How can other educators help me continue to learn and grow as an educator? How can I help others?

  • Fostering Reflection (Educational Leadership, February 2009)
    An explanation of the importance of reflection as a professional educational practice including questions to prompt frequent reflection.
  • Glossary of Teaching Strategies (National Center on Educational Outcomes, undated)
    A list of teaching strategies and activities developed out of a focused brainstorming process with general education, special education and English, as a Second Language, teachers in Minnesota.
  • Why Teachers Must Become Change Agents (Educational Leadership, March 1993)
    An in-depth exploration of the importance of teacher professionalism and a description of what is required of teachers as professionals.
  • Ten Commandments of Professionalism for Teachers
    (Vickie Gill, 2005)
    Sound advice that a great mentor would give to a protege. Short chapters. Intended for new teachers but the information is appropriate for teachers at any point in their career.
  • Great Leaders Grow
    (Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, 2012)
    Successful leaders don’t rest on their laurels. Leadership must be a living process. This book aims to show leaders and aspiring leaders precisely which areas to focus on so they can remain effective.
  • Teacher Reflection and Growth (6 min) Davis School District
    Examples of how teachers can reflect on their practice and work toward growth. Stories of several teachers are shared.
  • Professionalism: How to Conduct Yourself at Work,
    While not directly aimed at teachers, this webpage describes some very clear do’s and don’ts that are all appropriate for teachers. Timely reminders for those who’ve stopped doing the “do’s” and started doing the “don’ts. NOTE: It is necessary to scroll down a little on the webpage to find this section.
  • Professionalism: Developing this Vital Resource,
    A simple explanation/definition of what professionalism is and what it looks like in the workplace followed by practical tips for improvement.