Self-Guided Learning to Support Teacher Self-Efficacy

Spend time getting to know and grow yourself as an education professional
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About This Strategy

There has been much research about ways to build student self-efficacy, but not as much has focused on the need for teachers to learn and grow beyond the expectations of a core curriculum. 

This strategy focuses on self-directed teacher growth. It is beneficial for teachers to take time to support themselves, their passion, and motivation for becoming educators by reading, seeking out mentors, observing colleagues, and otherwise ensuring that they continue to develop as an education professional.

Implementation Steps

  1. Recognize, accept, and understand that is important for you to make your learning and self-efficacy a priority. 

  2. Take time to personally discover what you need to know based on the situations that you face on a daily basis in your work setting. Use the regular observations that you make of your students as a guide to resources that you should seek out.

  3. Locate print and online resources that speak to knowledge and concerns that you would like to know more about. Consider diving into the following resources:

    • Great Books on educator resilience:

      • Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged by Elena Aguilar,

      • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. By Brene' Brown

    • Books to broaden your understanding of the children and families you serve:

      • The Dream Keepers, Successful Teachers of African American Teachers by Gloria Ladson-Billings;

      • Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit

      • Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms by Angela Stockman and Ellen Feig Gray

    • Education organizations:

      • NEA.org (National Education Association),

      • NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English)

      • Association of American Educators. 

    • Facebook resources: 

      • BER (Black Educators Rock)

      • Facebook Education

      • Educators Network

      • Mindshift

      • Ted-Ed

      • Educators Rock

      • Early Childhood Educators Rock

  4. Make opportunities to observe colleagues in your school as well as other schools.

  5. Actively seek out forthright, positive reliable mentors in your field. 

  6. Set aside time for what you determine as your self edification as just as important, if not more so, than a work commitment.