“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it” (Pirke Avot 2:21). This is apparently a Jewish saying about studying the Torah, but I think it applies well to the teacher’s calling. You are not expected to bring your students to complete knowledge – they will always need another teacher after you. But if you take up the calling of being a teacher, you are not free to desist from being the best teacher you can be. For that reason, let me challenge you to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN).
A PLN is a network of people that you draw on as you grow as a teacher. Your interactions can be one way (you read the other person’s books, articles etc.) or two way (you have conversations). A part of your PLN may be on-line (via Twitter, YouTube, Podcasts etc.) and a part of it may be face-to-face (colleagues, mentors, friends, conferences etc.).
What ever form it takes, my challenge to you is to make sure you have people that you are intentionally learning from. Below are a few resources if you don’t know where to start:
Your school as a community of practice?