Does putting in the hours automatically lead to better teaching? Not always. Find out what can you do to grow your expertise and prevent arrested professional development.
The idea of becoming an expert in your field can be a big motivator. We like to think that we get better at the things we do every time we do them. That as we continue to practice, we become more expert at it.
It’s tempting to believe this because it makes intuitive sense. If you run more, you’ll get better at running. If you teach more, you’ll get better at teaching. It’s comforting to assume that you’re on the right path and by doing what you’re doing, you’ll get to where you want to be.
But this isn’t the whole story. Unless you’re a beginner, repeating the same tasks (especially ones you’re already good at) won’t lead to improvement. At some point, your progress will stall and you’ll plateau before you’ve made it to where you want to be.