We are a mysterious bunch, our love for educating brings us together from across all subjects, all interests. Some of us educate children, some families, some adults. We work in schools, cultural organisations and businesses. Some are artistic, some are downright nerdy, but what is it that drives us to do our best, day in and day out?
To sum it up briefly, we all just want to make the world a better, happier place through sharing our passion for our subjects. No matter that it is that you teach you know that people are better off for knowing it. Now, you might be playing the long game, not every learning session ends with that epiphany we see on faces, but every educator is planting seeds that will grow in time. It’s that knowledge that gives us job satisfaction. We are the ones working in vibrant and dynamic communities and pushing ourselves to be the best we can.
The life of an educator is not quite so dreamy as it first seems, and many educators find this out after their first week on the job. What are the pitfalls that we meet along the way? Well first of all there’s a national curriculum which is a biggy for anyone working with the public. Obviously teachers in schools have to stick to the national curriculum (excluding Free Schools and Academies, but they all have to sit the same exams) but recent changes affect cultural organisations now too. Schools can’t ‘waste’ lessons on visiting places that do not directly link to a GCSE syllabus so education departments have to reshape their programmes in order to meet the needs of their clientele. The same comes for community educators whose courses now need to meet specific standards and show progress in order to maintain their funding.
Which brings me nicely onto the matter of funding. I shall not dwell on this matter except to say that it is what it is. Funding is an incredibly divisive topic and while unions and politicians argue it out for the educator at the chalk-face it remains a hurdle that we need to work around.
So those are our two main problems – curriculum and funding. The big question is what are you going to do about it? It is so easy to get sucked into the staffroom of doom and sit listening to tales of ‘back in the day’ but all that leaves you with is resentment and the feeling that these are brick walls that are impossible to climb.
Overall educators just want to make the world a better place. Sometimes red tape and restrictions get in our way and at that moment we have a choice. Do we do nothing and just go with the flow, accepting that life in now a little harder, or do we jump straight in, accept the changes that have happened but realise that that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the world better!
Which are you going to choose?
This afternoon pick one of the insurmountable problems that you face and let’s turn that into a positive. Why is this limitation in place? What benefits come from it? Despite what people say about your management team and the government they generally have at least one reason for the decisions they make. Is there any way to incorporate this into your plans instead of working against it?
Join the community at The Exception Educators Club now to find out what you are capable of!