15 Professional Development Skills Modern Teachers Need

Besides a legitimate degree, patience, and experience with kids, some recent additions to a teacher’s professional development portfolio have come up. These new skills can put you to the front of the line when it comes to hiring.

To point out these new professional development additions, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, compiled today’s TeachHUB.com centerpiece article.

Janelle’s ideas for these new skills and competencies include:

Communication
Imaginative
Organization
Ability to Engage
And More!

Janelle sums up her article thusly, in a paragraph entitled Ability to Empower: “Teachers inspire, that’s just one of the qualities that come along with the title. Modern educators have the ability to empower students to think critically, be innovative, creative, adaptable, passionate, and flexible. They empower them to be able to solve problems, self-direct, self-reflect, and lead. They give them the tools both digital and knowledgeable to succeed, not only in school but in life.”

Do you possess modern teaching skills? If so, which ones? Please share your comments!


Classroom Games, Activities to Make Test Prep Meaningful

 As reliable as Christmas and the 4th of July, this time of year – standardized test season – is upon us, and all the things that come along with it, including the mind-numbing classroom activity known as test preparation.

But with a little forethought, creative teachers can employ some fun tactics to liven up the dreaded season of test prep. Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator, spells out some classroom games and classroom activities teachers can use to bring a smile to the face of a test-weary kid. Her classroom games and ideas include:

    Jepoardy!
    Sink or Swim
    And More!
  
Janelle also lays out some classroom activities that teachers can use to inject some brevity into the long test prep days. Her suggested classroom activities include:

    Have Students Create Their Own Quiz
    Use a Classroom Response System
    And More!


Remember, it IS possible to have fun while preparing for those stressful standardized tests. But the onus falls on the teacher to figure out how to do it! Relax, educators, we’ve got you covered with some original classroom games and classroom activities.

How do you make test prep more meaningful, engaging, and fun in your classroom? Do you have any tips or games that work especially well for your students?