I had a new teacher talk with a group of educators about what would be a good Professional Growth Plan for her as a new teacher. This can be a daunting task for new teachers because as I have heard many times in the past few weeks “you don’t know what you don’t know”. So, I thought I would share some of the great ideas here for anyone who is faced with this confusing but important task.
Being a new teacher is HARD! Being a teacher is HARD enough with filtering in the fact that you are new to both the school and the profession. The first piece of advice I ever got about my own growth plan was some of the best, Keep It Simple Stupid! Don’t give yourself growth tasks you are unlikely to tackle or that seem overly ambitious. I am not advocating forgetting those lofty goals, but that you may want to focus on the simple ideas for your growth plan.
Your plan will likely including some basic/generic ideas such as “familiarize myself with the school and grade level curriculum.” It could also include something along the lines of, “Write a reflective blog each week” or “Use social media for professional development.” The bottom line is, you wan to pick things you are likely to be doing already, and will ultimately benefit your kids!