How are you, or is your approach, different than your favorite teacher?
I find this week’s #youredustory post to be a loaded question. How am I or what I do different to my favourite teacher? In so many ways, we are completely different and I’m struggling to think how we are alike. In terms of similarity, what I keep coming back to is the power of relationships. The teachers who I connected with spent energy building the bond/rapport with me. They took time to get to know me and to use this knowledge to assist me to navigate a variety of learning scenarios and situations. My context for teaching is as far removed from theirs as can be and I am a completely different person to them but what they did teach me is that reaching out and connecting with young people is the key to being a great teacher/facilitator/advisor/mentor and the key to engaging and empowering young people. When I think back to those moments in my life where a teacher had an impact, it is never really an ‘aha’ moment that pops up but a hand held out just at the right time. I believe myself to be a teacher who does the same. Teaching is not about content but about taking the journey with young people and building rich relationships.