I believe it is imperative that teachers consider themselves to be learners (and to practice what they preach!). To engage in conversations, proactively look for professional development opportunities and to expose themselves to their students as fellow learners is vital to improving practice and creating a culture of continuous and ongoing learning for all in the school.
I follow the “What Ed Said” blog which I often find thought provoking. Edna Sackson’s latest blog post is about Communities of Practice, which is well worth a read. This is a excerpt from the beginning of the article:
A few years ago, we articulated our beliefs about how learning takes place – It didn’t take long to realise that these learning principles applied to all learners, teachers as well as students. We moved away from the traditional model of ‘one size fits all’ teacher PD and embraced choice, reflection and relevance instead.