Teaching is a great profession. Teachers are passionate, committed to their students and their learning, and, they are hard working - in the main. There are a few exceptions as with every profession. I do meet them in the context of my work from time to time. They exhibit signs of
- not wanting to improve or shift their practice
- being satisfied with mediocre
- negative energy towards their leaders
- negative energy towards their students
- disruptive behaviour that they would not tolerate from their students
- lacking in perseverance
- unprepared to challenge themselves
In their behaviours, I sometimes see myself as the disruptor in earlier years when I was feeling dissatisfied with the status quo. Sometimes all that is needed is a quiet word in their ears - just saying I have noticed that their behaviour is that of a non-engaged participant. Sometimes I just to ask them what they do with a student in their class who is disruptive/ apathetic /unengaged when they throw their digital tools out of the cot. This often brings the change in behaviour that I desire.
As a facilitator, it is my job to engage these people in much the same way as a teacher would strive to engage a reluctant student. I look at my practice and the language that I use. I ask myself how they have got into this state - which is a bit of deficit theorising, but I do also often ask myself - have they asked themselves if they are in the right profession?