Even for teachers, it’s necessary to continue learning throughout your life and career. Finding more efficient methods of teaching, designing coursework, keeping students attention, testing and even the fundamentals of teaching theory equips you to get even better results from your pupils. Some teachers decide to go back for more formal education, but even without this there are self-directed things you can do to improve your teaching technique and continue adding value to your skillset. These range from reading relevant materials and blogs to exercises and sample coursework. Many are available for free, or with a minimal signup.
TeacherTube – Similar to Youtube, but with content exclusively by and for teachers. Users can upload their own videos, and the topics range from sample lessons and tutorials to guides for how to explain complicated or tricky concepts. There’s also content that focuses on issues outside of lessons, such as how to address bullying. There are also audio recordings, photos and documentation all created by other teachers to share on the web.
Learner. Learner provides a huge range of resources for teachers to help them in the classroom, with lesson plans and interactive resources for subjects ranging from maths and science to art and history, and caters to levels starting at year one and going through to highschool. There are also videos where teachers demonstrate a sample lesson, which can be a good way to get new ideas and pick up tips.
Free Curricula Centre. Designed for students but of equal use to teachers, the FCC provides free textbook-quality resources that can be copied as-is or reworked and redeveloped for teaching purposes. Some are directly from textbooks, while others are instructor-created guidelines and materials. All created and compiled by experts, its reliable and quality information to work with.
Online learning resources aren’t just important for students – they allow teachers to also improve themselves and add valuable skills to their everyday work. This helps them manage students, convey information more effectively, structure classes and deal with their responsibilities outside of lessons, such as preventing bullying and counselling students.