Education Research Paper on Strategies Building Culture

Strategies Building Culture

Book clubs and professional development

            In most cases, the passion that leads an individual into doing a task or pursuing a career into the future is not enough to catapult them to through the various challenges in the profession. In the field of education, the noble profession of teaching is not left out in this category. This is because there are myriads of challenges that one faces on a daily basis and the involvement in ways that one can stabilize their professional aspects come in handy. The challenges come in a multifaceted way and may linger around the volume of work to be handled within a particular time, challenges in achieving classroom goals as well as dealing with the students and their parents. The result of this is not only the fatigue and lethargy, but also the tendency to lose morale or forget the fundamental issues involved in the teaching profession (Bates et al., 2010).

             Engagement in book clubs during one’s free time as a novice or veteran educational personnel comes in as a pillar because it allows for sharing as well as interaction. Secondly, it allows for a broader scope in terms of the view of problem solving techniques. The individual is not only able to share with the other colleagues in the book club setting but also earns and extensively rich source of knowledge and skills within the written material world. At a time when everyone is headed for the summer holidays, it is often an obvious scenario to find everyone thinking of relaxing and recovering lost energy. In as much as this is good and much needed, the lost energy in the professional aspect of the individual also needs boosting. Research shows that book clubs emerges as one of the most convenient ways of achieving professional development and growth (Milsom, 2010).

            Through using book clubs as a culture of developing ones career, the skills aspect of the profession will receive a huge boost. Issues like developing effective and achievable lesson plans, learning quicker and effective ways of objective accomplishments, ways of interacting with various types of students as well as the avenues tools for creating a learner-friendly environment in the classroom are some of the many things that the novice teacher can learn and use to effectively transition into the profession. Moreover, veteran serving teachers can use this avenue to refresh their skills, appraise their knowledge as well as learn the newer ways of connecting with the learners in the rapidly dynamic field of education (Bates et al, 2010).

            In addition, professionals using book clubs are bound to extend their creativity and critical thinking to another level. By sharing the fictional and non-fictional; educational and entertainment books as well other available materials, the professional teachers are able to interlink their practice with a widely covering creative mentality (Milsom, 2010). The critical thinking that emerges from this process also allows for the development of basic principles as well as logical approaches towards interacting with students, parents and other teachers within the profession. Apparently, this technique is as good as it is in education related field, as it can prove useful in other fields and organizations. The purpose of sharing is to develop and avenue of making the bond within a team or group stronger while allowing for more learning in group and individual development.  It is therefore a unique and convenient way of developing a strategy building culture (Bates et al., 2010).

References

Bates, A., Durbank M., and Kauchak D., (2010). Book Clubs as Professional Development Opportunities for Pre-service Teacher Candidate etc: An Exploratory Study. The City Colllege of New York.

Milsom, A., (2010). Professional School Counseling: Summer Reading is Only the Beginning. Vol. 13. Issue 5. Ashford University Library.