Becoming a Teacher Leader/Advocate:reflection

The following is a reflection on two blog posts about what it means to be a teacher leader and what it means to be a teacher advocate.

What does it mean to be a teacher leader? A teacher advocate? And how can I, as a preservice teacher not even in the classroom yet, work to become both?

It all sounds really big and far away right now, though I know it’s right around the corner. I’m just worried about how I’m going to plan so many lessons, how I’ll manage my classroom and let my students know I care and foster their interests and hold high expectations without being unfair — I hadn’t even considered what teacher life was going to be like outside my classroom. This is even mentioned in the teacher advocacy post; sometimes teachers get so caught up in making a difference in their own classrooms that they forget there’s a whole world out there.

After reading these articles, however, I agree that teacher leading and teacher advocacy is important — we as teachers must tell our own stories, or somebody else is going to try to do it for us.

As a preservice teacher, however, these seem like daunting tasks. How am I supposed to advocate for teachers everywhere, for students everywhere, when I’ve barely begun my career myself?

I guess the most important thing, like the teacher leader article states, is to take the first step. Whether that be finding a local or national association, meeting with a parent, meeting with other teachers, or just getting on twitter, taking the first step to being a teacher leader and advocate will eventually lead you to where you need to go.

The next most important thing to remember is to take myself seriously. I am a force to be reckoned with, a mighty teacher-in-the-making, and I will stand up for myself, other teachers, and students everywhere because I love what I do, and I want to make a difference.

I guess what I mean by all of this is I want to be a teacher leader and advocate, but as a preservice teacher the idea is definitely daunting. I know that my passion for the job and my commitment to making a difference, however, will see me through, and I can’t wait to start my teaching career, both in and outside the classroom.


2 thoughts on “Becoming a Teacher Leader/Advocate:reflection

  1. It sounds like you believe in what you are doing, are confident in your role to make positive changes, and passionate about the profession. Your voice is a voice to be reckoned with! And knowing that, you will rock it! Our voice, no matter how opposing the norm, needs to spoken and heard, even just in social media, but after building support we can take on schools with important issues.


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