THE BEST OF REWARDS
The richest of rewards for veteran or retired educators is to be looked out and thanked by former pupils, now adults, for the positive impact ‘you’ had on their lives. That brings joy to the soul.
THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION
Our Territory’s first CEO Dr Jim Eedle told principals in the late 1970’s that ‘schools are for children’. Education was our prime purpose. How easy it is for systems to digress from that key goal.
Tertiary institutions preparing teachers for tomorrow’s classrooms should in my opinion keep the Eedle exhortation well and truly in mind. It is so easy to become side-tracked and lose focus. Graduate teachers have every right to be proud of their accomplishments and the piece of paper that confirms their graduation. If those graduates have a focus and ambition that is toward others, they are well on the way to fulfilling one of the most important professional callings. Ours is a call to service.
TEACHER UNHAPPINESS: THANKS FOR THE RESPONSE
Some months ago I placeed a discussion on this site about TEACHER UNHAPPINESS. it dealt with the fact that teaching does not always live up to the expectations of teachers and for a number of system imposed reasons. While some may desire to leave the profession for lack of fulfilment, many cannot for a number of reasons. So they hang in until they can finally leave teaching and that with a sigh of relief. How sad for them and possibly for students they have been teaching.
The thread is now closed. It attrached close to 300 likes and 850 comments from all over the world. I wanted to thank all those who contributed their thoughts and to the weight of insights offered.
ESTABLISH CAREFUL PRIORITIES
Our work especially for others, is what education is all about. But we should never allow our work to supplant our families, pushing them aside. Establishing careful priorities is ever so important.
To attend conferences costs time and money, It also takes people away from workplaces. Might it be possible for key conferences to have both physical and online attendance and contribution.
GIVE FEEDBACK FROM CONFERENCES
Leaders and teachers attending conferences should offer feedback to their colleagues. It can be too easy to avoid sharing conference objectives and outcomes with peers. Share the benefits with others.
A great deal of enriching exchange for me has been in face to face, e-mail or discussion board conversation with students. They have a lot to offer when it comes to exchange about issues. Hear them.