Imagine! My Voice Matters!
The theme for #ECET2AR is My Voice Matters! Today, as I walked through the hallways, I was reminded that, indeed, my voice does matter. One of our new teachers mentioned that my post resonated with her. She said that although she had earned the right to wear jeans this week, my blog post, Teachers as Professionals, convinced her that she needed to dress for success in the classroom. How cool is that? My first response was simply shock! I write in a seeming vacuum. I was unaware that any of the teachers at my school read either of my blogs. My next feeling was warmth. Something that I wrote affected one of our teachers positively. Again, how cool is that? During this month of giving thanks, this was fantastic news! I am thankful!
As I was leaving this evening, I walked out with the same teacher. Due to my blog post, she had made connections between teachers at previous schools who dressed down and had the resultant classroom management issues. Her response was to dress up for teaching success!
All this to say that My Voice Matters! Sorry, all of our voices matter! Starr Sackstein, a teacher, and prolific writer, wrote in an Education Week blog, "Each one of us has a unique perspective that carries with it experience and learning that begs to be shared." Thank you, Starr!
If you live in Arkansas and are interested in teacher leadership and teacher's voice, consider registering for #ECET2AR to learn more.
Suzanne Rogers, M.Ed.
District Director of Professional development, AP English teacher, ELA Coach and cradle United Methodist. rogerssuzannem.blogspot.com