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Developing as a newly qualified teacher

Written By: David Weston
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Your first year as a qualified teacher is one of the most important in your career, so how do you make the most of it and keep developing? Teachers typically develop faster in the first years in the classroom than when more experienced (Kraft and Papay, 2014). However, not all development is effective, and some activities can help you develop faster than others (Cordingley et al., 2015). Here are some key things to think about for your NQT year to keep you moving forwards. Twitter and blogging There’s a vibrant community of teachers and researchers who use Twitter professionally to discuss teaching practice and debate ideas. It’s worth investing some time in setting up an account for your professional use. You may wish to follow some of the recommended people from this ‘periodic table of educational tweeters’ by @ICTEvangelist or Ross McGill’s list of 101 educators to follow. You could try to follow teacher-specific hashtags – there’s a useful list by Creative Educati

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