“My wish,” writes Berit Gordon, “is for there to be more joy and less struggle in a profession where people put in such tremendous effort and do such essential work.” No matter what supports you might have in your school or district, you can take charge of your teacher growth and craft your own professional learning journey.
The Joyful Teacher provides a structure to help K–12 teachers across all content areas reflect on their professional development needs, set goals that work, and access practical strategies that will help them meet those goals. While anyone can pop in and pull out strategies for what’s needed right now, the goals and strategies are organized in a progression to set teachers up for the most success and highest impact. Coaches and administrators will also find numerous ways to support the teachers they work with and help them feel and be effective.
Each chapter begins with a self-assessment checklist to help you find which goal and strategy will be your entry point. Within each strategy you’ll find step-by-step instructions, explanations for why and how the strategy works, a detailed “how to,” supports and indicators to help you know if the idea is working, and references to help you continue exploring if you want to learn even more. Berit includes grade band suggestions and grade level modifications to help you make the strategy work best for you and your students.
There is no “right” place to start and no goal that is more sophisticated or more important than any other. The Joyful Teacher helps you prioritize what is most essential for what you need and choose goals and strategies that work for you and your students. Where will your journey begin?