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the courage to unfold ordeals

the courage to unfold ordeals

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no dobut that there are teachers who SUFFER in utter silence,assuming wrogly thar if they tell others about IT,they are somehow beaten ,proven uncapable.but once they decide or they are gibven a chance to go out of the coset,they realize ,to their relief that they are NOT the only ones who wail bacause of disruptive hecklers /pupils,unsympathetic administration staff,uncooperative peers...etc

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Hello Brahim,

I think you bring up a good point. Many teachers, especially new ones, feel alone at times and it is hard to muster up the courage to speak up for change in a school that's so set in their ways. We're hoping that this group (among many other groups on edutopia.org) will be a way for educators to connect with like-minded individuals and collaborate together so they don't have to "suffer in silence." Who knows -- Many may come up with some creative ideas for change in their schools.

We also have an active administrator group (http://www.edutopia.org/groups/administrators), I invite you to join it and talk with some of the admins there. I think you'll find many are very forward-thinking and may have some ideas to help you.

Best,
Elana

[quote]no dobut that there are teachers who SUFFER in utter silence,assuming wrogly thar if they tell others about IT,they are somehow beaten ,proven uncapable.but once they decide or they are gibven a chance to go out of the coset,they realize ,to their relief that they are NOT the only ones who wail bacause of disruptive hecklers /pupils,unsympathetic administration staff,uncooperative peers...etc[/quote]

brahim elouafi's picture
brahim elouafi
teacher of English at a high school Morocco

Hi Elena,
floods of thanks for showing interest in the topic i launched a week ago, expecting perhaps more response from other members of this group.I owe you a lot for redirecting me to these admins from whom i hopefully expect some cascade.
please Elena can you tell something about you being a MENTOR? i 'd be gratful, for this is a domain I am really interested in.
all the bast wihes.Brahim

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

No worries. I'm glad you found my resources helpful. I mentor a 13 year-old high school student. I've been doing it for about three years now. I don't have kids yet, so it's a great way for me to connect with youth and really help impact someone's life in a positive way. The nonprofit I go through is Centerforce.

All the best,
Elana

[quote]Hi Elena,

floods of thanks for showing interest in the topic i launched a week ago, expecting perhaps more response from other members of this group.I owe you a lot for redirecting me to these admins from whom i hopefully expect some cascade.

please Elena can you tell something about you being a MENTOR? i 'd be gratful, for this is a domain I am really interested in.

all the bast wihes.Brahim[/quote]

Cheska Lorena's picture
Cheska Lorena
Science Teacher from the Capital District Region, New York

Hello Brahim,

You bring up an excellent point, and as Elana has well-articulated before-- it is very daunting for new teachers to speak up in a school set in its ways. This was something we talked about in a previous #edchat in regards to teachers finding their voice. Many new and untenured teachers feel they cannot do that especially with today's economic restraints. They fear that if they speak up, they risk getting fired.

However hard that choice is though, and regardless of reasons and excuses, new and untenured teachers have a choice. And as one great administrator pointed out, it is also the culture of the school and the environment set by the administration that helps teachers find their voice. If a new teacher is in a stagnant environment, what is holding him or her back from finding a more productive and nurturing work environment? To get to the point, each individual has a choice. If one wants something to change, that change starts with that person first.

brahim elouafi's picture
brahim elouafi
teacher of English at a high school Morocco

Hello Lorena,
It is beyond question that our surrounding immediately impacts our behavior and that change should start from within.However I find it really challenging ,especially for untenured teachers or even those working in the private sector to display their pitfalls and shortcomings.In view of this ,let's think together what possible incentives we could offer to those colleagues of ours .we all want them to enjoy this honorable job of educating the future generations and holding out the torch of change.

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