Looking at the Year Ahead: Teacher Academy Works to Support Teachers in Today’s Ever-Evolving Classroom
To offer a twist on this year’s Teacher Academy CLC, participants were asked to set goals for their professional practice. The goals, which ranged from organizational improvement, to classroom management strategy implementation, were established as a means to set a target for those teachers new to the schools in the CA-region. Often times, a first-year teacher has to grapple with many challenges, from lesson planning to time management, to learning the curriculum. In setting professional goals, the teachers in the program have an aim to work towards, and in turn, can also fulfill a major tenant of the New York State Teaching Standards (Element VII.2).
Through the academy, teachers have also been exposed to professional literature by way of LouAnne Johnson’s Teaching Outside the Box. In reading the first section of the text, teachers were asked to reflect on their own teaching philosophy and consider how it has changed just in the initial days of school. In future sessions, the text will guide teachers in their professional practice, assisting them in considerations to make when developing lessons and organizing their classroom environment.
The Teacher Academy CLC has, and will continue to strive to support new teachers as they work through their first experiences in the classroom. In engaging in professional conversation, reflecting on personal practices, and setting goals, today’s new teachers will be outfitted with the tools to make this school year, and those for years to come, a true success.
By: Lauren Stuff, CA BOCES Professional Development