Learning is a massive concept and has many layers attached to it. As Educators we are always providing learning to others – it is what we do, our job, our duty, our responsibility but most of all our privilege to shape the minds of the young people we teach.
However, learning does not just stop with that which we provide for others. Our own learning is just as important and valid, if not more so. In order to fulfil our duty to others it is vital that we are constantly replenishing our own learning.
There are many aspects of our personal learning that we must ensure we tackle regularly. As teachers it is important, for example, to reflect upon what we are doing and how we are doing it. We need to learn about pedagogy; the theory behind teaching; the method and practice of teaching. If we lack the knowledge of our profession, then surely, we cannot develop and be the best we can? It is important to learn about the job we do for a living – we need to understand concepts of teaching, the science behind the art of classroom management. Put simply, we need to understand how learning works and how we can affect that learning so that our students make effective and successful progress. It is our role to provide positive outcomes for our learners. We must therefore be armed with a wealth of knowledge and strategies that will enable learning to take place – for everyone.
Once we have developed our learning of pedagogy we need to develop and advance our practice by being proactive in our TPD – Teacher Professional Development. We cannot be stagnant in our own learning; teaching is a role where we, alongside our students, should be progressing and enhancing our practice; becoming better at what we do, evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the world today so that our students will be successful in their futures.
TPD can come in many forms; it may be whole school presentations or sessions; it may be personal TPD where you enrol onto a digital course to develop certain aspects of your practice. It may be attending an online workshop where you can come together with practitioners from other countries who also are developing their TPD. It may be useful to have a Learning Partner where you can share practice and ideas, reflect on what is working and how things can be done differently.
When we approach learning, we should do so with a Growth Mindset – an open attitude where we believe that our talents and intelligence can be improved through effort and learning and therefore this can be passed on to our students.