agnestirrito

"Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, because action has magic, grace, and power in it." Goethe

Teaching Tip: Speak Up

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about teachers and what we face daily.
It seems some days that teaching has become less about children and more about paperwork.
So many of our problems could be resolved if we would speak our minds about issues and concerns.
Through the years, I have watched many colleagues sit in silence when told to implement a new program or learn a new “sure fire” strategy for teaching.
I wonder. A lot.
I wonder what I would think of a doctor who wasn’t motivated to find the best treatment for me, the lawyer who couldn’t state my case eloquently.
I do know what I think.
I think teachers are brilliant and busy.
So busy that sometimes we look up and realize we’ve let other people dictate what we are experts in already.
How to change this?
State your case.
Question dictates.
Offer solutions.
When your ideas aren’t heard or addressed, move on to the next person until they are.
Be an advocate for yourself first, then the children, then your colleagues. Then, the profession.
Truly. If we don’t save ourselves, how can we even hope to save someone else?

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Author: agnestirrito

I write. Make art. And in between, I do the best I can. ✌🏼️

One thought on “Teaching Tip: Speak Up

  1. It’s hard to speak up if you’re the only one, and if you’ve got a lot to lose. But if everyone speaks up, that’s a movement!

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