It might seem impossible at the moment, but I encourage you to regularly read articles, books, websites concerning effective teaching, current brain based research, content area academic content, and any material that piques your interest!
Lifelong learning is one of the five characteristics of effective 21-st century educators. I recently read a brief article outlining what skills we need to hone to be at the top of our profession and meet the challenges of educating our digitally savvy students.An effective 21st century educator:
1. Anticipates the future.
2. Is a lifelong learner.
3. Fosters peer relationships.
4. Can teach and assess all levels of learners.
5. Is able to discern effective vs. non-effective technology.
Meris Stansbury, Online Editor, eSchool News
As you settle in, hit your stride, and begin to make your mark as a member of the BHCA, INC team, don't forget to ask for help when you need it, establish your support system, and continue to learn every day. You've chosen a challenging profession. Now pursue excellence!