Raise your hand, or RYH, is a campaign all about moving beyond talk to delivering measurable results for students. Described more appropriately as a movement by some, RYH is bringing teachers and others together in effort to increase collaboration of schemes, intelligent policies, and successful programs and innovations. RYH is spearheaded by the National Education Association, NEA.
RYH is innovative in the following ways, it helps develop cooperating teacher programs, it promotes the joining of program approval boards and various education committees, it inspires teachers and educators to become an edTPA scorer, it encourages classroom observations of experienced educators, and advises teachers and educators in to becoming guest lecturers. Educators train new, up and coming educators. How can a teacher learn how to teach if they have not been trained by an experienced teacher or teachers? Experienced teachers can help new teachers with classroom discipline, with curriculum development and instruction, and teaching methods and professional etiquette. Thus, there are a variety of ways through NEA’s Raise Your Hand that you as an educator can become a “real leader” of your profession.
Want to make an impact beyond the classroom? Join a committee or a program approval board of some sort. There are various programs at the school where you work. Different clubs and organizations need sponsorship. Consider being a sponsor or volunteer. Your local school system may have some sort of program, activity, or committee that may need your assistance. Offer a helping hand. In addition, your local teachers association may have a program, or may be spearheading a movement that could use some additional assistance. Contact them for additional information. Ask question, and be pro-active!
Effective and proper pre-service training is essential if a school or school system desires high quality teachers. edTPA is a pre-service assessment process that tests, analyzes, and determines whether or not teachers are ready for the classrooms. This entails the teacher is prepared to teach the subject to students. High quality teachers should have taken the proper course prerequisite, and test effectively in their subject matter. edTPA scorers are experienced teachers who train and evaluate incoming teachers. A great way in becoming a leader of their profession, teachers can join edTPA and assist in teacher licensure. edTPA support state and national program licensure.
Classroom observations are very important to pre-service and new in service teachers. It is an opportunity for these people to gain valuable insight into their newly chosen careers. Experience teachers, this is an excellent way yet again for you to become leaders of your profession. These new and incoming teachers, through observing your classroom, can learn their trade well, develop valuable instructional techniques, and acquire the skills necessary to effectively manage their classrooms. Contact your school administration, and then consult with your local education organization to learn how you can open your classroom doors to future educators.
Becoming a guest lecturer is a valuable experience not only for you as an educator, but also it’ll give you an opportunity to share your experiences and novelty with others. The scope of education and educators’ classrooms are constantly changing. New policies are being created, new skills are being enforced, and technology is forever changing. Providing insight of all of these changes to new, up and coming and/or beginning teachers will not be taken for granted. Hearing from classroom educators already inside the classroom is such a must for pre-service teachers say Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, a National Board Certified Teacher and President of Utah Education Association. The knowledge and experience of veteran teachers cannot be replace, and having this knowledge given to you first hand by an experienced teacher through lecture, cannot be replaced. Having a realistic perspective of what it takes to become a good, effective teacher is pivotal; sharing knowledge and craft to others is key. Contact your local education association to learn how to become a guest lecturer. There are a variety of ways you, the educator can become a “real leader!”
http://www.nea.org/ – the National Education Association website
http://neatoday.org/ – NEA Today Magazine website, link to corresponding NEA Today article Raise Your Hand!, winter 2014 issue.