BE ON GUARD AND EVER PREPARED

In this age of litigation and blaming others for one’s own short-comings, it may be useful to consider the following.

PROGRAM CAREFULLY AND WITH REMEMBRANCE

There are some great things about teaching and I would never underestimate them for a minute. However, care and caution are also needed in order that what happens in the here and now is not revisited upon teachers and school leaders in future times.

One of the areas requiring careful consideration is that of programming and teaching. The problem is not one that relates to children and students who are willing learners but rather to those who are reluctant to non-compliant.

Cases increasinglyare being brought against educators by students from the past. They allege that their failure to learn had to do with poor and incomplete teaching. These cases can be visited years later. It can be very hard for teachers to refute allegations, even though they are faults, because evidence is not available to support their defence. To this end I strongly advocate that teachers keep a comprehensive detail of what they teach and the outcomes. In respect of students who are idle, lethargic and deliberately disinclined, keeping of notes specific to your efforts and their disinterest can be useful. If in times to come your efforts are taken to court, you then have refuting evidence. It can be quite easy to determine whether students fit into this category of being future threats to teachers.

In some parts of the world teachers and educators are now taking a professional indemnity insurance. That hasn’t gone anywhere in Australia just yet, being an insurance form still in its infancy. However my advice would be to “watch this space” and consider professional indemnity insurance when it becomes available. Premiums would be tax deductible and may well save heartache in the years to come. Sadly, the litigation all era is upon us and teaching is not exempted.

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