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Teacher networking: Unlock the power of connections

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Having a functional network as a professional is beneficial to making progress and dealing with challenges at work.

Due to the dynamic nature of the teaching profession, it is common for educators to participate in forums where they can exchange ideas, keep up with curriculum updates, and find employment. This collaboration aids in professional development, otherwise severely lacking in the teaching profession. A research study reveals that such networks can play an important role by providing a structure for teachers’ professional development and navigating the diverse and fragmented learning landscape.

This article discusses teacher networks, their benefits, and how they can be formed. Let's take a look, shall we? 

What is teacher networking?

Teacher networking is a social setting where teachers can connect based on common interests and experiences. It can be either informal or semi-formal, but it must be conducive for teachers to advance professional and personal goals.

There are three types of professional networking: operational, personal, and strategic. Operational networks assist the individual in dealing with current or daily tasks. For a teacher, this includes relationships with colleagues in the same environment.

Personal networks help individuals refine their skills and position themselves for better opportunities. The scope includes parents, coworkers, and mentors within and outside the system.

The third is called strategic networking. It is usually a purposeful relationship between the teacher and high-ranking members of the profession. These may include senior educators, professors, department heads, or administrators. These networks help to gain a better perspective of the profession and to upscale quickly.

All levels of networking are important, but teachers should, at the very least, take advantage of operational and personal networking.

Why is teacher networking important?

Teachers who network can better navigate the challenging teaching profession. Teaching is both very demanding and very rewarding. By creating and maintaining a network, teachers can make faster professional and personal growth.

A professional network enables educators to compare curricula, exchange ideas, and learn new methods of instruction. It keeps them abreast of current trends and methods in education. This improves student achievement of learning objectives and increases the teacher's employability.

Here are some main benefits of teacher networking:

  • It aids in the development of teachers' professional skills. Veterans can help young teachers upskill, and old teachers can learn new skills from the younger ones.

  • It quickly compensates for inexperience. Teachers can benefit from the experiences of others within the network by simply asking relevant questions to the right people.

  • Networks have been proposed as a solution to the diversity and complexity of educational needs.

  • Platforms are created where resources can be shared. This significantly reduces the workload because teachers can no longer create resources from scratch.

  • It extends teachers' influence outside of the classroom. Teachers, for example, can improve student behavior even at home by networking with parents.

  • Networking improves teacher employability in terms of both capability and opportunities. 

How can networking help teachers to find students?

Teaching is more than a classroom activity. Opportunities exist outside the classroom, and teachers can use networks to find them. For instance, by establishing a network with parents, teachers can be referred to or recommended for freelancing opportunities like home tutoring.

Strategic networking with well-connected educators can provide freelancers with a plethora of opportunities.

Furthermore, online networks frequently provide job opportunities based on the user's field, qualifications, location, and other criteria. In addition to offering job opportunities, social media sites like TeacherCONNECT, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn also provide helpful teaching resources. By utilizing them, independent tutors can reach more students.

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How to build a teacher network 

Networking should be viewed as an essential aspect of the profession, not just a means of finding a new job. Although some people appear to be naturally better at networking than others, mastering the skill requires time and practice.

Social networking sites can be very helpful in building teacher networks, but there is no substitute for meeting people and establishing connections in person.

Building a good network will require teachers to:

1. Expand their social horizons: This entails participating in activities related to education outside of the classroom, such as community events, civic clubs, fundraisers, and events at other schools. Annual teaching conferences and other large-scale professional meetings should never be boycotted.

2. Join professional organizations and attend job fairs. At job fairs, teachers can network with prospective employers and discover what kinds of teaching are in demand. Professional societies can also provide information on new job openings and a way to supplement a résumé.

3. Prepare speeches and pitches: It is important to know what to say when meeting new people, what questions to ask, and how to respond. Researching the mentor figures, panelists, and resource persons can help the teacher have meaningful interactions and impressions during a physical meeting. Business cards are also a great way for teachers to connect.

Follow up on the relationship by keeping in touch regularly. This is just as important as the meeting stage. Following up demonstrates consideration and attention to detail, which is essential for any professional. It is simpler to accomplish this if you consider your network from both a professional and personal standpoint.

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Some teachers might view networking negatively, thinking it is self-serving or superficial. As we have seen, this is not the case. Connecting with colleagues, mentors, and experts helps teachers and freelancers advance their professional and personal development and that of others. These networks serve as mutually beneficial support networks for independent workers.

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