What are the Benefits of a Teachers Network

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Teachers Without Borders invites teachers to gather, distill, synthesize, and disseminate their collective wisdom. Networking teachers from every culture helps make all teachers more effective. Networking helps teachers contribute to the creation of a world that benefits all.

Networking has always been a vital part of teaching and learning. Currently 59 million teachers act as everyday soldiers in a variety of battlefield classrooms. In a time of accountabilityit is crucial that teachers network to determine the effectiveness of instruction and student learning. Communicating about the routines for monitoring students’ growth and achievement; whether or not instruction and interventions are supporting student growth and learning; how are cultural barriers being overcome are all areas the are constantly evolving. Networking opens a dialog to address all these issues however it is important to utilize the network frequently.

Teachers work hard and without effective networking teachers cannot determine whether or not their methods are working. Therefore, it is essential to network about students’ progress, assessments, resources, and cultural barriers. Networking is best implemented in a very realistic and sensible manner that can be accessed easily. Current teachers networks have forums and dialogs about grading and assigning homework, class tests, learning/work station products, student share out time, oral presentations, conferences and portfolios along with discussions about resources, data, and routines that are best serving teachers in a variety of settings. Networking is an opportunity for socializing, teaching, mentoring, and learning.

Teachers Without Borders is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bridging the information and digital divide through professional development of formal and non-formal educators. In Nigeria they established the Community Teaching and Learning Centers to allow their teachers to collaborating and celebrate collectively: one teachers good idea and classroom success spread like wildfire through the network allowing other teachers to adapt similar solutions to similar problems. A teacher’s network allows every comment, each rating, each post, every forum board, or discussion board, to incite communication, solutions, and progress.

If there is be a world where teachers are viewed as the key to human welfare we must recognize, that teachers are the largest single group of trained professionals. They have direct access to the future leaders of the world. A teacher’s network allows teachers to find support with professional tools and professional development so that they may play a more effective role in there everyday duties. The organization called CISCO was founded in 2002- it convened two teacher conferences to focus on teacher training, HIV/AIDS education, information communication technology (ICT) development and professional outreach in order to improve the quality of education in Nigeria.

Teachers without Borders also initiated efforts. Such as: the Head Teachers Training (HTT) Program on HIV/AIDS, where school head teachers are being trained to serve as counselors and mentors to peer educators in schools. These are small victories. Networking allows big thinkers and small thinkers to engage in meaningful topics and provide inspiration to their students. It is critical to discuss great ideas and collaborate with teachers around the globe.

Dear Teachers:

Thank you for helping us to read and to do our lessons. We like it when you read to us. Thank you for visiting us. Thank you for staying with me through lunch and recess and we talk. It was nice and you are a nice person.

Love, Sinafikish.”

Sinafikish is a nine-year-old girl who received assistance from the Catching Up program.

Another popular site for social Teachers Networking is called the Teachers Network; also a non-profit organization. It has been active for twenty-nine years and focuses on improving student learning in public schools. This teachers network uses video and online print resources to maximize the techniques of outstanding educators. The network focuses on the teacher being a key factor to improving the overall level of student success. By networking and empowering teachers the network hopes to change education into creative learning communities where every student is not only successful but actually contributing to the overall public good.