I was challenged tonight by @edutweetoz to think about Vulnerability in terms of my educational life! With this in mind I need to reflect, I have been stabbed, sliced and had my car totally trashed, students have died, suicide, car crashes and I have seen homelives that make Oliver look like a rich kid from LA!
But as a educator I walk into a room of students thinking what can I do to help! I share stories some tough, usually when tough stories are needed, but these stories are first hand they are stories I have lived so they are close to the bone!
I have often wondered whether I would get a call from a angry parent but to this day this has not happened. In my belief the reason for this is when a human shares a human self story there is a unwritten pact, "that was between him and us/me" this is what keeps me knowing that education is never a lost cause and no child doesn't deserve this opportunity!
To young teachers out there this is no game, this is real, make sure you are ready to share as kids don't hold back with their questions and their questions need to be answered one way or another.
Yes, for the phobics out there this is scary and challenging but we need to get the chalk dust on our shoes if we are to gain the respect through relationships with our students.🎓