Monday, March 25, 2013

Educator Metaphors?

The way you think about educators impacts the work an educator is able to do.

For example, those that think about educators as collaborators, make an effort to create systems where collaboration regularly happens.

On the other hand, those that think of educators as soldiers in the field are more concerned with training and orders.

Then, sadly there are still some who think of educators as mindless robots who are served directives to follow without voice or choice.

I prefer Hattie's definition of educators as activators of learning, and I also support the notion of educators as collaborators.

What is your metaphor for educators, and how does that affect the work you do as colleague, parent, student, community member or leader?