Today I have with me Crystal Law who teaches future teachers at Broward College in Florida. During our chat, she shares 5 strategies to help student teachers to survive and thrive during teacher quarantine. The five tips are: get your edtech certifications, pour into your PD, update your digital portfolio, study for your certification exams, and get to know your state standards. Check out www.sfecich.com/51 for bonuses!
Tip 1: Take advantage of the edtech certifications
There are so many edtech companies out there that want to partner with you! You get to learn an edtech tool in depth and connect with a community of educators. What can be better than that! If you are interested in being a teacher ambassador for an edtech company search site or reach out to them on social media. A few edtech companies to check out include:
Tip 2: Professional development opportunities
Many professional organizations eliminated or reduced membership costs during this time of need. These organizations provide you with up to date journals, webinars, and a community of educators for you to join and contribute to! Check out
A few resources for professional development
Tip 3: Update your digital portfolio
Ms. Law was speaking my love language when she shared about the importance of updating your digital portfolio. Now is the perfect time to reflect upon your portfolio and add to it! You know you did some eduawesome stuff so add it in there. For a quick review of digital portfolios check out: https://www.sfecich.com/20. 💡Fecich tip combine tips 2 and 3 by reflecting on areas in which you glow and need to grow. Think about areas in which you may be needing some more professional development then go out and find a webinar, podcast, article, or course related to that area.
Tip 4: Study!
I know, I know we went there! You need to make time in your schedule to study for your certification exams. Many state test sites have resources and practice tests for you to review. For example, when I studied for the GRE I listened to a podcast that reviewed a new vocab word each day!
Tip 5: Review your state standards
It is never too early to get familiar with your state's educational standards. Don't know where to start? Try googling (insert your state's name here) department of education. You should be able to find your state's standards. From there find the subject area in which you will be certified to teach and start to explore. 💡Fecich tip combine tips 1 and 5. Find a state standard that speaks to your teaching heart and create a resource for other teachers to use in their classroom with one of the edtech tools that you exploring certification in.
Connect with Ms. Crystal Law, M. Ed
@ProfCrystalLaw Professor | BCTEP Alumn | SPED Extraordinaire | The host of the Laws of Learning Podcast: Unwritten Laws, for teachers by teachers. Focus on #educatoractivism| lawsoflearningpodcast.com