Following up from the honor of being selected in Huffington Posts Top 12 Global Education Blogs of 2014/2015 I have been chosen again in this amazing group and for 2016/2017 will be contributing to Huffington Post’s Education blog once a month. This month we look to answer the following highly controversial question “How do we inspire the best and the brightest to become educators?” – here is my response:
I am a passionate educator! I got into the education field because of my mum! She inspired me like she inspired thousands of other people in her career. I was in the right place at the right time to find my calling, however, this doesn’t happen for everyone. My mum did nothing more than be a mum and a positive role model for me. She never shared out her positive stories to the wide world and that is a shame, I wish that I could put my mum on a pedestal as the “dream teacher”, that would inspire people to become educators, but I can’t do that, so how do we inspire the best and brightest to become educators?
It starts with us! The people in education right now! We need to work together to promote a positive image of what being a teacher is. I too often hear the negative side of education both in person and through media channels. Let’s join together to discuss ways we can inspire the best and the brightest to join us as educators on our mission to support students and promote positive change for our world today and in the future.
We need to promote and share what we do in positive ways through social media and day to day interactions with people. One comment can influence someone to become a teacher – my suggestion to you is, always think on the positive side!
What qualities make a GREAT educator I hear you ask? Well, I believe a GREAT educator is friendly, kind, caring, hard-working, loves a challenge, enjoys a laugh, they are calm but most importantly they are willing to learn! There are many more attributes that I could list here, but for the sole purpose of this article I wanted to keep it minimal.
Whenever I see people I think may be interested in the teaching career I promote the positives and tell them real stories. I tell them how positive the people are that I work with (even if it is not everyone), and how I get the opportunity to inspire kids every day to be more than they think they can, to literally change the way we live in this world through education.
Every year that I am in education, I realize more and more that teaching in the 21st century is no longer about being an ‘expert’ but a facilitator of learning and an encourager of play, inquiry, creativity, and curiosity. It is our job to prepare students for the ever-changing world in which they will live and work. In my opinion, we don’t necessarily need the best minds to inspire the minds of tomorrow, but we need the most inspirational and positive people that will encourage the skills I have mentioned above with a smile and a positive spin. It is no coincidence that the most popular teacher in your school is also the most fun-loving, bubbly and positive person there!
As an educator, I encourage all educators to spread the positive message about what we do, by saying it loud and proud. Share it everywhere you can and bring people into your world to see just how amazing it is. I believe that it is not the brightest that we want, it is the most positive!