by Andrea Cross
The teachers at ZOE are hard-working, kind, patient, dedicated, professionals that help to steer children’s lives in a positive direction. These teachers help create an environment where students feel safe, are able to concentrate, and develop into independent learners.
Every teacher needs professional development—in the form of practical training—so that they can safely and confidently focus on teaching. And every student deserves the benefits of a safe and productive learning environment. Just like the training required for any specialized profession, teachers must receive ongoing training.
Four of our ZOE teachers recently attended a professional development training where they learnt about several topics, one of them being, Emotional Regulation Strategies.
At the training, they had the opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with others which, they said, helped them to understand more about working with and accepting other people’s opinions as well as analyzing problems. They also said they got many new ideas from the lecturer that will be practical tools for both their work and personal lives.
I once read a quote that said, a mediocre teacher “tells”... a good teacher “explains”... a superior teacher “demonstrates” but a great teacher “inspires”.
What a privilege it is to have teachers that inspire, motivate and shape our students to want to be the best that they can be.
Most of us would be able to testify to the fact that we have reached many of our life’s achievements because of the joint effort of many encouraging teachers along the way that helped to shape and direct us. We are so thankful for the ZOE teachers who continue to improve at their profession by striving to do their best, participating in ongoing professional development and inspiring their students!