Resources are necessary to make all teachers successful. Technology, instructional materials, and a good size room are just a few examples of resources that teachers deserve to lead their kids to success. If leaders provide enough resources, teachers are adequately prepared to create meaningful learning experiences for all kids.
So What is the #1 Resource All Teachers Need?
If you think about all the tools available to teachers, it's hard to think about the most important one that makes the biggest impact of learning. Chromebooks, Google Classroom and other extensions instantly come to mind. Colorful learning environments with the best furniture also sound great. Even the most innovative activities from Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers pique my interest, but none of them are the best resource that every teacher deserves.
The #1 Resource Every Teacher Deserves
It's no contest. The number 1 resource that every teacher needs is time to learn with other teachers. They need to learn from one another, share with one another, and find solutions to challenging problems together. When teachers are given an abundance of tools, but have limited or no access to other teachers, they will fail to find growth. Furthermore they will fail to close learning gaps with kids. But when they network on a regular and structured basis with other colleagues who are in search of continuous improvement, students will always grow and ultimately students will always win.
How can We give Teachers the Best Resource?
Leaders must create a culture where teachers learn with and from one another. They also need to structure school time so that teachers have scheduled time within the school day for job-embedded learning and collaboration. Without a schedule and a structure for adult learning to take place, teachers will not have time to learn with one another. If you want your teachers to find the pinnacle of instructional excellence, ensure that you give them the best resource, one another. They will appreciate you for it.