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.