Why?

11 Nov

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At this time of year as a teacher, in any occupation, you may ask yourself why you do what you do. Why do you work where you work? Why do you make sure tamariki are treated well, encouraged, noticed, and cared for? In my akomanga or kura am I a preserving human dignity of all?

We all play a role in creating, bolstering, reinforcing, and strengthening the school environment. Every interaction with a child matters and influences how that child feels, acts, and responds. With every interaction we help create and form the climate and culture of the school. We all help determine whether or not it’s a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for learning.

Whether we are principals, physics teachers, netball coaches, or caretakers, very few of us can be fully defined by our official titles. What we do every day and why we do it expands outside our job descriptions because we care about kids and we see ourselves as part of the bigger picture.

Education is a vast profession and we all play a part in its success, whatever our official roles may be. So, the next time someone asks you what you do, don’t just answer with your title. Think about what you dowho you serve, and how you support them.

Are you a teacher or mentor? Are you the one responsible adult for a child, a connection to the broader society, an adviser, or a caregiver? 

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