Teachers can achieve their professional learning goals by understanding their potential


Teachers Can Achieve Their Professional Learning Goals by Understanding Their Potential1
Putting your mind to it is a promise you make to your students and to yourself.
In this article, we focus on how teachers can achieve amazing results when they put their minds to it. In essence, you must understand your potential as a teacher and then develop yourself strategically, making sure that your development is consistent with the demands of the job. This will help you get better at identifying your strengths and weaknesses as well as at improving both in sustainable ways.

Teachers can achieve amazing results when they put their minds to it

3 Factors That Contribute to Your Abilities [Infographic]
A teacher's ability to move students is, in large measure, a function of attitude, knowledge, and skill.

The fact is, not all teachers have the same potential. And even those who do have a high level of potential may not always be maximizing on it to its highest point. This blog will focus on how teachers can achieve amazing results when they put their minds to it.


We first need to ask; what are the factors that contribute to our abilities? Then, we can come to understand how we can put them into play.


It goes without saying that one of the most essential factors for any teacher is to understand their own level of knowledge, skills, motivations, and attitudes. This is not a matter of arrogance, but one based on honesty and professionalism. It's not just about you as an individual, but also about your relationship with your students, colleagues, and the education system as a whole.


It doesn't matter what subject you teach or where you teach it. Your students are entitled to be taught by someone who understands their own potential and can live up to it.


We hope all teachers can understand their potential and develop themselves in a strategic and sustainable manner. With this understanding, you can get better at identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Then, you can improve both over time with the right types of development activities.


The two factors to consider when identifying your strengths


Let's introduce you to the two key factors you should consider when trying to work out what your strengths are. It's hard enough keeping track of everything that is involved in being a teacher, but in order to identify your strengths you really need to stop and think about why you became a teacher in the first place, or rather what you hope to achieve from being a teacher.


When identifying your strengths as a teacher, there are two factors to consider:

  1. Your natural talents as an educator

  2. Your personal attributes

Over time, you can develop both.


What are you good at?


As a teacher, it may seem that your job is to help students learn material. But even the best teachers in the world know that this is not their only purpose. Your job is to inspire and motivate students to reach their full potential. So what natural talents can you draw on to do this? Do you have skills or gifts that will make you more effective as a teacher?

Teachers Can Achieve Their Personal Learning Goals by Understanding Their Potential
Be Honest With Yourself. Understand Your Ability.

Being an inspirational speaker is just one example of a talent that can help in the classroom. It's also important to recognize what motivates you about teaching.


For example, if your natural energy level keeps you prepared for class, whether you're teaching third grade or graduate level courses, this will be an asset. And if you want to create a classroom where students are excited about learning, it would be helpful to understand why you like learning in the first place.


Teaching does not differ from any other profession. It, too, requires certain natural talents. Some people are naturally good at motivating students, others at using technology to enhance learning. Some are excellent architects of curriculum, others excel at creating and delivering lessons that are engaging and relevant to their students.



The first step in becoming a more effective teacher is identifying your strengths as a teacher and then designing a professional development plan that builds on those strengths.

Teaching is a noble profession and there are many positive aspects to it, but you should never go into teaching without first considering your own natural talents and personal attributes. They will help determine how suited you are for the job, how successful you may be in reaching your students, and what you can achieve through your teaching. So look at these two factors closely and think about whether they match up with the kind of teacher that you would like to be.


When you have a clear picture of your personal attributes and talents, you are better positioned to build strategies for leveraging them in the classroom. To do that, though, you need to know yourself. Know your interests, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses.


Ask any teacher. They'll tell you, it isn't easy! The important thing is to keep trying. The more time you spend reflecting on yourself as a teacher, the easier it will be for you to identify opportunities for growth.


Identify and use your strengths in a way that helps you understand your potential and develop yourself


Wouldn’t it be nice to understand your potential and have the chance to develop yourself in a way that you are most comfortable with? Knowing your strengths is a significant step towards achieving this because it gives you a clear picture of what kind of environment you ought to be in.


Teachers who understand their strengths achieve amazing results. In fact, teaching with your strengths is one of the most powerful ways to boost student achievement and increase your job satisfaction.


A teacher's strengths are the activities that come easily to them and provide deep personal satisfaction. They are at the heart of who you are as a person and what drives you to succeed. When you teach in a way that taps into those strengths, you can't help but feel more confident, more enthusiastic, and more effective in the classroom.


Teaching with your strengths gives you a potent mix of energy and enthusiasm that leads to greater student engagement and higher achievement.


Teaching with your strengths is also one of the best ways to gain insight into your own potential. It helps you pinpoint where you want to go professionally. To put it another way, teaching with your strengths helps you figure out what kinds of professional development will help you achieve your goals.


It's tempting for new teachers to spend their first few years in the classroom working on their weaknesses. It's better to focus on figuring out how you function at your best and then building on that foundation as much as possible.


It may be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we need to be perfect in everything we do. However, the most successful people aren’t perfect; they’re just masterfully skilled at identifying and using their strengths in a way that helps them understand and fulfill their potential.


That shouldn’t stop you from also working on your weaknesses, but if you dedicate time to understanding your strengths, you can then adjust your focus to find the areas of your life where you can shine the brightest. And what more could a person want than happiness and fulfillment?


Understand the implications of having weaknesses in certain areas


Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all business. There are several types of teachers with many strengths, weaknesses, and passions. Even for teachers who are at the top of their game, understanding the implications of having weaknesses in certain areas is important. To be effective at their job and impact their students, teachers need to find ways to build on their strengths while improving in areas where they are lacking.


As a teacher, you play a major role in making a difference in your students' lives. In fact, you may be one of the most important individuals in their lives! Many teachers have the best intentions when they become educators, and they try to do their best to help students learn and grow. However, some teachers are not as effective as they could be because of a lack of understanding about what it takes to become a wonderful teacher.


A key factor in being an effective teacher is understanding your potential for improvement and how to achieve it. When you understand where you need to improve and how you can become better, you can work toward becoming a more effective teacher for all students.


Let's look at three factors that lead to potential for improvement: your beliefs about yourself and teaching, your knowledge about teaching methods, and your motivation for becoming an effective teacher.


Beliefs about yourself and teaching


A positive belief system supports a pleasant attitude and positive actions. The stronger your beliefs are, the more confident you're likely to be in your abilities and the more motivated you'll be to achieve success. This is why it's so important for teachers to teach in ways that make them feel successful. It helps build their belief that they can actually do this job well.


To achieve significant results, change the way you think. Your attitude toward yourself and teaching will determine your potential for success. If you believe in yourself and hold high expectations of your students, then you are on the right track.


Teaching knowledge


Every teacher ought to have a sound foundation of general teaching knowledge. This includes the curriculum content, lesson planning skills, and classroom management techniques he needs to teach effectively. But many teachers aren't aware of the specific elements of effective teaching methods that will help them reach higher levels of performance.


For example, there are over 200 research-based strategies for managing difficult behavior in the classroom. It's impossible for any one person to know all of these strategies, but every teacher can learn several that will make a big difference for his teaching and his students.


Teachers who continuously strive to learn new ideas and techniques are much more successful than those who refuse to change their ways or learn new skills.


Motivation


Motivation is another key factor in the learning process. You must motivate yourself to become an effective teacher. After all, if you don't care enough about helping students learn, why should they?


Teachers who are genuinely motivated to help students learn have a major advantage over those who are not.


Motivation is important for every profession and for every person. The key to motivating yourself is to set goals that are meaningful to you.


As teachers, we must make the choice to be better. We understand that every teacher can become a more effective educator, no matter their background or experience. When we look at ourselves and see room for improvement, we have to make the choice to improve upon those weaknesses.


It is crucial for every one of us to recognize that there is tremendous potential within each one of us, and with the right support, it can be realized.


How to take action on the knowledge gained from self-assessment


One of the most effective ways to ensure continuous growth and educational excellence is a regular self-assessment of your current teaching practices. At first glance, that might sound like a lot of work. But I'm going to show you how easy it is to self-assess your teaching methods, then use what you discover to improve the quality of your classroom.


While you may be a big proponent of self-assessment, it's not enough to do it just once. The most effective teachers are constantly assessing their own practices, then making changes (or not) based on what they discover.


You may think that self-assessment is hard to do or takes too much time, but it doesn't have to be a lot of work. In fact, self-assessment can be as simple as sitting down for a few minutes at the end of class and asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Did I prepare enough for this class?

  2. Did my students get all the information they needed to learn this lesson?

  3. Are there any additional materials that could help students understand this subject better?

  4. Was I able to communicate clearly what I wanted students to learn this day?

  5. Did students have a good grasp of the material after today's lesson?

Like any profession, teaching requires ongoing professional development and effective tools. The more we reflect on our practices as teachers, the more we can determine how to improve them. Effective teachers know they don’t have all the answers and continually work to improve their craft.


A teacher's influence - so strong it can be life changing


In this article, we see how teachers can achieve amazing results when they put their minds to it.


When people can summon the powers of their minds, they can achieve incredible results. Unfortunately, teachers often get all the wrong information that leads to unfulfilled potential. This makes it easy to be cynical about talk regarding the potential of education. Teachers deserve better.


However, as many educators would argue, there is so much potential locked up inside the average teacher. It's just waiting for the right conditions to be released. Give teachers the chance to show what they can do, and you'll marvel at just how much of an effect they can have on people's lives.


Whether it may or may not be true that a teacher's influence is as strong as that of the parents in one's life, one thing is for certain — that with the right preparation, and clear understanding of what you want to get out of your teaching experience, there's no limit to your impact.