Analogy: “Career” vs. “Passion”; “Teacher” vs. “Learner”
It popped into my Twitter feed earlier today. A question that should be added to the list of questions asked when hiring new teachers: “How do you consider yourself a learner?”
A career in education is a long one. Some teachers may spend 20 years, or perhaps 30 or 35 years working in a classroom. Educators may move from a classroom setting, to some support role as a department chair or leader, or in many cases, move into an administrative position.
If we see our roles only as a adults there to give knowledge, hold students accountable, assign points, it may come to feel pretty static.
And, when students aren’t interested in the class, they resist by not doing work, adults up the stakes with more rules, systems of accountability, and I’ve seen the burned out of imposing the role of the “teacher.”
Integration question: What are the principles of sustainability in ecology and environmental science and how can they be applied to the field of education
I don’t have your answer.
For me, it’s a drive to do new and different things in different ways in my classroom. To not rest on something that’s worked in the past. This means knowing that I have to learn about new techniques, approaches, methodologies and tools to make the new possible and successful.