The Teaching Profession

Whilst I enjoyed this tongue in cheek web post about ‘things not to say to teachers’, I also felt a little disturbance. We’re not the only profession that’s guilty of it, but collectively we do spend an awful lot of time and energy complaining about how unappreciated we are, how the public don’t understand the skills in what we do ….. etc.

12 Things Not To Say To Teachers

At this point i am reminded of one of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.”

This isn’t saying that as profession we don’t have the right to be understood, trusted or acknowledged/ appreciated, BUT our starting point should be attempts to understand why people hold perceptions different to the ones we might like them to have. Even if we conclude that everyone is completely misinformed and should change their attitude towards us, it’s really not going to happen just because teachers carp or complain. Has anyone ever thought of mounting an effective PR campaign on behalf of teachers that seeks to give the wider public more insight in to what teachers do and the specialised skills required? Or, is there an unspoken concern that the house might not be in complete order enough to expose it to such harsh light?

Hmm, something to ponder on for the weekend.

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One Response

  1. That definitely brought a smile….especially when I am getting mentally prepared to meet parents for an orientation tomorrow. …..

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