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Three Benefits of Being a Teacherpreneur

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A teacherpreneur? What's that?

Ok...this is actually a term that has been growing over the past few years, so you may have heard of it. If you haven't, a "teacherpreneur" is an educator who uses their talents and business savvy to share their work, passion, and philosophy with others. (You can read more about them here)

This could be something as simple as becoming an educational blogger, consulting, speaking at conferences, writing a book or even creating a website (like this one!). This can also include taking on more leadership in your own district. I've been a teacherpreneur full-time for a few years now, and there are some amazing benefits that I want to share. 

1. It Increases Your Impact.

As a teacher myself, something I always hated was the limit that a single classroom had on what I was doing. I'm not trying to downplay the impact you can have as a teacher on 30 or 100 kids a year (depending on your grade level), BUT...no matter how good you are as an educator, you are limited by the number of kids in your seats.

By reaching for opportunities outside of the walls of your classroom, or sharing great ideas and best practices that work, you can show other educators the power of your ideas, methods, strategies, and let's be honest...GREAT IDEAS! Once you share those ideas, they have become exponentially more powerful and so has your impact on education as a whole. 

2. It Will Make You A Better Teacher.

This may sound a bit backwards but by sharing your amazing work, you will actually get better as a reflective teacher. As you continue to share you will hone your instruction and skills, and even how you deliver your ideas to people. All of these things will make you more thoughtful about what you are doing in your classroom and make you more effective!

You will also get more opportunities to network and connect with other educators, whether it's through presenting at conferences, comments on your blog, or maybe just a Facebook group you join. Connecting with other educators that share your passion is always going to give you some perspective and help improve your teaching. 

3. You Don't Have To Stop Teaching.

Luckily there are tons of opportunities to become a teacherpreneur that don't require you to leave the classroom. A lot of these things can actually help build your skillset and reflect on your own instruction, and will be fully supported by your school or district. 

I lied...#4. WE NEED YOU IN THE FIGHT!

I'm not gonna lie, I started writing this with 3 ideas, but this last one needs to be said. Education is by no means perfect and a lot of the aspects of both instruction and the systems currently in place need fixed. If we don't stand up and use our skills as teachers to make these changes ourselves, things will just stay the same and students will continue to struggle.

Teachers are already organized, professional, and educated. We are uniquely equipped with the tools that entrepreneurs utilize to get the word out about what they are doing and grow amazing ideas. Why shouldn't we as teachers be doing the same to our market of teachers? It has been, and always will be, my philosophy that true change in education must happen from the classroom out, not the other way around. We need amazing teachers like you to do everything you can to spread the word and share the amazing things you're doing with as many people as you can!

So...do you have what it takes to be a teacherpreneur?

 

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After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree In Biology, Chad Ostrowski or “Mr. O” as his students fondly call him, set his sights on education. He was chosen as one of only 50 individuals in the state of Ohio to be granted the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship through the Ohio STEM Learning Network.  Through this fellowship, he received his Master’s in Science Education and gained intensive training and expertise in STEM education, Problem Based Learning, Inquiry-based instruction as well as other cutting-edge educational research and modern pedagogical theory. 


Ostrowski has since presented research at the NSTA National Conference onProblem-Based Learning in the Gifted Classroom and Continues to develop and research modern innovative educational practices. Chad has been teaching  Middle School Science in a high needs urban district for 4 years. In that short time, due to his dedication to teaching, innovative teaching methods and educational leadership he has been named Science Department Chair within his building, Building Leadership Team member and District Co-chair of Middle School Science Curriculum. 


It is through these foundations that he has created and developed  the The Grid Method - Mastery Learning System in order to synthesize his knowledge of best practices in education into a system that allows ALL of his students to meet and exceed  their potential. 


Chad has now left the classroom to shre his innovative practices, techniques and strategies with educators all over the country. He does this through speaking at conferences, providng teacher development and workshops, as well as producing blogs, and videos.

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