It is a difficult time to be a teacher. With most districts experiencing a decrease of budgets over several years resulting in fewer teachers, an increase in testing standards, and a rise of campus expectations including PLCs, RTI, and new initiatives, you are feeling the pressure of an increased workload that is much higher than your workload of just two or three years ago.
Teachers at all levels of experience are feeling attacked, threatened and devalued. When was the last time you were praised rather than criticized by your administrator? One strategy to combat and offset these attacks on you as a professional is to increase your value to your students, your team and your administration.

When was the last time you were praised rather than criticized by your administrator?  One strategy to combat and offset these attacks on you as a professional is to increase your value to your students, your team and your administration, through professional development.

With summer approaching, this is a great time to plan some proactive steps you can take to increase your value as an employee. Personal reading counts in many districts for SBEC Continuing Education and Staff Development credit.  Also, don’t forget to check our events calendar for upcoming FREE professional development opportunities.

Here are some books you may want to consider:

Drive by Daniel Pink –  This book discusses motivation and will enlighten you to reflect on what you have done and where you can improve your motivational strategies.
Free Agent Nation, by Daniel Pink. A historic examination of what was successful in society and what has changed in employment.

iBrain by Gary Small –  The students you teach currently are vastly different from those you have taught during your career. Mr. Small helps you understand why holding attention and engaging students in dialogue is more challenging.

The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon –  No one affects your outlook on your performance more than you. Do you allow your environment to determine your success or do you positively influence your environment and those with whom you work and teach?

It’s Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar –  How do you lead in your classroom? Or do you let the students lead you? Are you a leader on your campus or a complainer? Self-reflection allows for growth and change. Small changes can make a big impact.

There are many sites available to purchase these books at very reasonable prices; AbeBooks, Half Price Books, and used at Amazon.
After you complete your reading, write a summary and deliver it to your administrator with your plan to implement ideas during the next school year.

Each district has a different procedure for obtaining credit for independent reading – your Training and Development Coordinator can answer your specific questions.

Staying proactive and growing your tools, knowledge, skills and ability is a success strategy that can save you hours of anguish and concern about your value in your district.

Be in control of your career. No one has more interest in your success than you.