Greg mentioned that some of the teachers have always been coached, as coaching has been embedded within school for over 5 years. To support teachers’ professional growth, coaching is their way of being. Greg provided me with his school ‘Evidence Book’, which had ‘Informed, Innovative, Empowered & Successful’ on the cover. I commented that this could apply to the teachers at Blairmount too. He replied, ‘and our parents too’.p
If policies such as accreditation demand new mandates, then time provisions need to be equitable and sustainable, but most importantly, mandated. To influence teacher retention in a positive way, all policies must consider teachers’ high workload and support teachers with mandated time allocation to create more work-life balance.
Here I am reminded of Matt Esterman’s challenge
(https://medium.com/@matt_esterman/of-giants-and-wisdom-f2b7a71eb35b) in receiving the Dr Brock Award:
“We all stand on the shoulder of giants, even when they’re seated. Even when they’re no longer with us.
I challenge you in the next week to identify someone who has had a positive influence on you, who has coached you, mentored you, challenged you, scared you, into being a better version of you. Find them. Thank them.”
I wonder what it is that holds us back? Is it fear? Career progression? Has me thinking, but maybe I’ll just start by saying thank you.
Originally published on Read Write Collect
As an educator, I have learnt to ask one question. “What is the purpose and what is my intention?” If I stay true to always asking this question, then I will stay true to myself.
Let’s be pedagogical activists.
In part, this reminds me of a recent post I read about relationships and pedagogical love. I feel that we need to be committed to ongoing development, adjusting to the needs of the class and context at hand.
When teachers share their strengths, respect the collaborative process, and focus on a common purpose (improved student outcomes), we all benefit.
Why do women believe they need to have all the criteria to apply for the role?
Why don’t we acknowledge that people can grow into their role?
Recently I shared a professional opportunity with a friend and their response; “You’ve got this!” Three simple words that meant so much. Someone believes that I have the ability and skills to achieve this, and that I am qualified and experienced to be successful. I said it out loud, ‘You’ve got this!’ Then the self talk came into play. You know what?….I have. “I’ve got this!”
The places I see are in the efforts of the people down at the human level, the individuals who get an itch to create, or to share something for others, the folks that create weird corners of the internet just because they get an itch. I see much less shit in those corners, it’s piled high in the middle of the room.
Your tweet I think really touched upon this, as it is another example of focusing on others and community. There are many voices within the village, however it feels as if some contributions are heralded more than others. I cannot believe the tireless work that you did in regards to #SatChatOC and now with #EduCoachOC. It was also great to meet earlier this year.