It’s always a good time to focus on online professional development for teachers. Educators, like any professional, need to always be learning. Knowledge helps you stay at the front of new industry trends or changes. You'll also become an even better educator to impact children in a positive way.
Here are five online professional development ideas for teachers and other educators.
1. Learn from others. One great way to boost your professional development is to find mentorship opportunities. Find ways to connect with other early childhood educators. Ask friends on social media if they can connect you with anyone in their network who is an educator. There are also groups available for mentorship opportunities online.
You could also consider creating your own mentorship program. ProSolutions Training has a one-hour course Successful Coaching and Mentoring for Employee Growth. This course provides an overview of coaching and mentoring. The basics involve pairing experienced professionals with employees that can use some help.
Other mentorship topics include discussing ways to adapt to the child care culture. As well as tips for managing stress and conflict. And ways to boost your skills and grow your career.
2. Record or video yourself. Another way to boost online professional development skills for teachers is to practice teaching. Most phones and computers have a microphone to allow you to record yourself speaking or giving a lesson plan. And if you want to go above and beyond use a video camera to record yourself giving the same lesson plan. And review yourself after.
This will help you find ways to improve your speaking and body language. You'll also gain more confidence in your teaching ability as your practice.
3. Find new activities and ideas for your classroom. Keep things interesting for your students (and yourself)! Search online for new developmentally appropriate activities for your students.
If you’re looking for some good options, ProSolutions Training has a one-hour course available for each child care age group.
Activities That Promote Social and Emotional Development in Infants. Explore practices that support the social and emotional development of infants.
Activities That Promote Social and Emotional Development in Toddlers. Key guidelines on how to plan learning experiences to allow toddlers to feel secure. This will foster social and emotional development.
Activities That Promote Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers. This course presents ideas to encourage cooperative play. Find ideas to help children express emotions. Suggestions for how to conduct activities that can foster social and emotional growth.
4. Read professional development books. As Walt Disney said, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Reading is one of the best ways to grow in your career.
Try to read at least one professional development book per quarter. You can check out books from the library or see if your center has a library. Here are some recommended titles from our curriculum team.
5. Take online training courses. Consider making continual professional development a key task in your teaching position. ProSolutions Training offers an online training subscription, perfect for individuals and small or large teams.
If you have a team you’ll select the number of seats in your subscription. Then you and your team will have access to all the best early care and education training. Most of these online courses also meet state requirements when applicable.
If you’re the administrator of the subscription, you can assign courses to the team or individuals. Then run reports to track progress. You can also use the subscription to take your own training. Learn or refresh leadership skills, or to find out new trends in the industry. Learn more about ProSolutions Training’s child care training annual subscriptions.