NETS Standard 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers:
participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
Examples of my work for this standard.
Collaborative Wiki on Learning and Video Games
Class Climate Survey
My Online Portfolio
How I apply this standard in my teaching.
I firmly believe that teachers should be continual learners. No matter how they are perceived by their peers, students, and the public, educators should always strive to learn more to improve their skills and knowledge of the profession. This includes going beyond their pedagogical realm. Technology may be the most important area for professional development today. To truly be a master teacher in today’s world, one must be able to infuse relevant technology into teaching. This could mean using SMART/Promethean Boards in an everyday lesson, or working on a project with a class from another country, state, or city. Even if there is no professional development available through the school or district one works in, it is still vital for educators to resourceful and teach themselves new technology that their students are exposed to outside of school.
A master teacher is also one who is a leader in their school. This does not mean that they must be active in organizations or the PTA representative, but instead this could include being active in the school and lead by example. My goal is to be to be the technology/computer teacher at a school teaching both students and teachers about the technology at their fingertips. However, if this is not possible, I still plan on being a leader in my school, especially in terms of technology, taking initiative to incorporate as much technology in my class as possible. This would also include teaching others how to use the technology, whether informally or in school workshops.
My favorite resources for this standard.
Educational Technology Department at the University of Kansas
The Education Forum
International Society of Technology in Education
Joshua B. Frisch
- Last Updated: April 2011