Teaching is a profession that needs constant nurturing. Teachers are the ones that develop an educated nation. They have a very important duty to teach students in the right way so that they can later use their knowledge to contribute to society. So, continuous professional development is very important for teachers.
New research is going on and people all over the world are inventing new things and concepts in various fields. Textbooks keep on changing to incorporate new ideas. For example, the Chemistry textbook that was taught in most schools five years back is not available today.
The teachers need to constantly upgrade themselves and be in touch with the learning resources so that they can teach the students in the best way. In schools, one way to improve the teachers’ outcomes is to involve them in curriculum development. That way they will be more engaged and feel the need to be part of any change.
Learning resources for teachers are those that teachers can access to help them do better at their job, for example, the 4th grade math games which improve the cognitive ability of students. Games are being used in classrooms more often. Math games have been very successful in improving student performance as well as teaching.
Resources can be policy documents, new teacher guidelines, assessment procedures, and other documents. Many institutions have a library in the staffroom where the teachers can find lots of books and journals to read about teachers’ development.
There are also online resources like blogs and social media pages from where the teachers can get a lot of learning and teaching resources.
People are good learning resources as well. You can learn from the senior and more experienced teachers. If you are new and want to specialise in a field you can ask help from the other teachers in the field.
There are local teaching associations that can help you as well. These associations not only give you access to lots of resources but can also help give your professional networking opportunities.
Students are good resources for learning too. You can get feedback from the students and change your teaching style or materials accordingly so that you can teach them better. Students can inform the teachers what is being an effective learning tool for them and what isn’t working. That way teachers can bring in change in the curriculum as well.
Teachers are considered to be the main source of knowledge. Other teachers can come to you for recommendations about educational resources. You can provide them with references or recommendations depending on the teacher’s profile, the learning need, and the expected outcome. These resources can be a part of the continuous learning program.