In reflecting about this post, I have realized that COURAGE comes in many different forms. It takes courage to try something new, and to try again when it doesn't work out quite the way you have planned. It takes courage to work in uncomfortable situations. It takes courage to work with difficult people. It takes courage to work in dangerous settings... whether it be weather, financial limitations, or schools and neighborhoods where kids cannot feel safe. In my opinion, it takes courage to teach children younger than eight, but I'm guessing that is based on my own personal fears!
And in true TBA fashion, we want YOU to be a part of this Link-up because, after all, with the help of one another, our courage is increased... and then everyone, especially the students, benefit.
At the bottom of the post, you will find details about joining in this Linky Party! I bet teaching requires you to display courage EVERY DAY. I am SO hoping you will be BRAVE and share.
BTW, my Lionel Lion graphics (in the dividers) are from Scrappin Doodles!
With this in mind, I would like to share three examples from my teaching experience to help get you thinking about all of the times you have found your own bravery...
Would I handle the situation exactly the same way almost thirty years later? Absolutely not. Would I find the courage to advocate for my students and champion their rights? Definitely. Sometimes courageous teaching calls us to be strong so that our students can be treated fairly and with compassion.
As part of the curriculum, sixth grade teachers are expected to teach "Family Life" (AKA Sex Ed). It is easy to guess that this is NOT my favorite subject. I have to practice saying some of the vocabulary words out loud over and over at home so that I don't dissolve into a fit of giggles when I try to present the material to the students. I have to listen to their questions and prepare intelligent-sounding answers without a lot of thinking time, and i have to provide the "real words" for all of the slang they know. I have to share larger-than-life information on the Promethean board without saying most of the the things that are racing through my head. As part of this program, I also have to present "the video" and the curriculum to the students' PARENTS--which is almost more difficult than teaching the students! I am always thankful (and so are the students!) when the week of Family Life education is over. I think this part of teaching sixth graders requites more COURAGE than breaking up fights on the playground! (See, I told you courageous teaching is required in lots of different situations)
1. Maybe you already have a "just right" post and you can link up to something you've already blogged about. Just link to your post below... just like you would with a Currently post. (Hi Farley!) And it would be great if you attached the "Teaching with Courage" button above (with the code below it) just like you would grab any other blog button.
2. Maybe there is a situation that has happened and you haven't had a chance to post about it yet... and now is the time! Teachers can always learn from other teachers' experiences. Think of it as helping out a colleague in need of a little bravery. It doesn't have to be a lengthy account. Just show us your courage so that we can feel a little braver on your behalf. And then link up below. And it would be great if you attached the "Teaching with Courage" button above (with the code below it) just like you would grab any other blog button.
3. Finally, if you're not in a post-and-link mood, or if you don't have a blog, it would be wonderful if you shared your experience in the comments section at the end of this post. Describe what happened in a teaching setting (home school included) and how you found the COURAGE to deal with the situation.
And thanks to you for joining us on our journey on International Blog Hopping Day!
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