Thursday, 4 February 2016

"I'm just a teacher..."

Dear Reader,

Have you ever uttered the words "I'm just a..."

...parent?  ..woman? ....teacher?

Have you ever felt 'who am I to pretend I'm an expert?  Why should people listen to me?'

You might remember Emma Watson's speech at the UN, when she said:
“You might think: who is this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the UN? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make it better." She also quoted Hillel the Elder, also mentioned in the excellent original Flip the System: "If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if not now, when?"

Today I listened to Kate Sowter address a room full of teachers ask ask them to consider the premise of being 'just a teacher'.  She told them:

"You're not just a teacher.  You're a leader, and you're capable of doing great things beyond the classroom."

Kate is the embodiment of that principle in action.  She has grasped the mettle of connecting teachers, schools and CPD in her local area and spends time convincing teachers that their skills and expertise should be shared with others.  She spoke eloquently today about the need to have an impact beyond one's own classroom, to look at the macro picture, and to support and network with others.  

To do this, you have to believe you have something to offer.  You need a realistic but confident picture of yourself and your strengths, and the will to help others.  This is hard if you have been downtrodden by Ofsted grades, poor management and punitive CPD in the past.

But guess what? You're never 'just a teacher'. You're one of us.  You're in a gang, a crew, a posse, and we've got your back if you've got ours. 

Together, we are powerful.

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