Personal Development and Self-Assessment Tools for Teachers
Please enjoy and use our teacher-specific self-assessment and personal development tools and worksheets and check back often as we have a variety of tools not available anywhere else in development. If you like our tools and worksheets, please refer your colleagues to this website.
Welcome to TeacherDrivenPD
Dear Teachers and Educators,
Do you know you?
Do you know your core values?
Do you know your strengths?
Do you know your weaknesses?
Do you have a Career Vision Statement?
Do you know your transferable knowledge, skills, and abilities?
ARE YOU READY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AS A PERSON AND EDUCATOR?
ARE YOU READY FOR A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DEMANDS AND NUANCES OF YOUR CHOSEN PROFESSION?
ARE YOU READY TO START GETTING MORE VALUE OUT OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING?
Hello. My name is Edwin Smith or Coach Win as some of my clients call me and while I do not know you personally, you’d probably be surprised how much I know about you.
Based on my 20-year career in education technology, combined with my first career as a vocational rehabilitation and career counselor, job analyst, and vocational expert witness, here’s only some of what I know about you.
You are a classroom teacher. A dedicated educator. You are under-appreciated. You are overworked. Shamefully, you are underpaid for what you do. Yet you probably possess more transferable knowledge, skills, and abilities than people in most other professions.
Personal Learning Toolbox for Teachers
You care deeply about your students. You are asked to attend too many meetings. You give up personal or family time to do your job well. It is not unusual for you to spend your own money to buy supplies for some classroom project, or to help a deprived student.
You are a social person. You have keen observational skills and have a good awareness of your surroundings. You are sensitive, kind and fair. You tend to have a conventional disposition but are likely to have an artistic or creative bent. And, of course, you are a very organized person. How am I doing so far?
Moreover, you are probably underwhelmed with the professional learning opportunities and the lunch-and-learns offered by your school district.
All that points out the importance, as Socrates said over two millennia ago, to “Know thyself."
I’m a strong proponent of teacher-driven professional development. Yes, I know “professional learning” is in vogue these days but I still prefer to use the term professional development.
I further believe that you absolutely must first understand who you are as a person to better understand the occupational temperaments and characteristics of a classroom teacher. Knowing who you are, your core values, strengths, weaknesses and more will allow you to make better and more informed decisions, first about your personal development and then about your professional learning needs.
It is for these reasons and more that I created the Personal Learning Toolbox for Teachers.
The various worksheets and checklists in my toolbox were specifically chosen or created to provide you with the knowledge and information you will need to help you get on a path toward a more satisfying and perhaps even a less stressful teaching career. If you use these tools and put in the time, effort to complete the self-assessments, you can and will learn more about who you are as a person and as a teacher, which I believe is necessary in order for you to be able to make more informed and better decisions about both your personal development and professional learning needs. And that will make you an even better teacher than you already are!
Contents of Personal Learning Toolbox for Teachers
The current version of my Personal Learning Toolbox for Teachers includes the following items:
A “Read-Me-First” Introduction
Core values Worksheet
Personal SWOT Analysis Worksheet
My SWOT Analysis Quadrant
Personal Vision Statement Worksheet
Make Your Goals SMART Tip Sheet
Transferable Liberal Arts Skills Checklist
Self-Assessment of Classroom Skills
Checklist of My Transferable Skills
Next-Step Action Items
I wish you everything you wish for yourself and remember, as a wise person once said, “Teaching is the one profession that makes all other professions possible”. And that is how you should see the importance of what you do in the grand scheme of life!