Warning: Extreme Amount of Work Required
We’ve all heard the phrase that “You can’t be a prophet in your own land.” The sad reality is that for a majority of us, this the truth. No matter how much we do outside of work, it just seems that no one listens inside. I worked 7 years in a place where this was my reality. I was the teacher behind my walls because no one listened outside of them. Yes, I did district trainings for that entire span, but it seemed as if the training stayed behind in the training room. It was disheartening to experience. The thing is, that many of us experience this same reality. It may not be communicated, but it is.
It took me leaving to a “new land” equipped with a progressive administrator before any of my ideas had value where I worked. The problem with me now is that I do not accept anything that remotely sounds close to NO. The beauty of that is that I feel empowered that I can be an agent of change in my own backyard. Here is the secret (This list started with 5, it has grown)
Tips to Being a Prophet in Your Land
- Be a prophet in your own classroom. If you aren’t doing “it” there, why are you even talking!
- Know your district/admin vision and work within it. (Extremely important)
- Always be solutions based. Don’t complain, present alternatives
- Be prepared to let someone else take the lead…even your principal!
- Be an advocate for kids…community, school, classroom
- Share in other places…conferences, state, national and even international (ISTE)
- Apply for honors…Apple, Google, Microsoft, DEN Guru, Teacher of the Year…whatever… just apply
- Blog the processes…Publishing is empowering!
- Connect & share via social media
- Always be an agent of positivity for your school
- Don’t pretend to be the answer to all. Work within the community of your school and help with small changes.
- Do what is needed because it is needed and NOT because you want credit.
- Be involved in your school community…volunteer & make connections!
- Don’t undertake any task that cannot be reasonably accomplished. You need success.
- Adhere to protocol but don’t be afraid to advocate, even when the answer is NO.
- KNOW the law, especially if purchasing is involved.
- Collaborate in and outside of your community!
- Publish your accomplishments (awards & honors) in the local paper
- Always work with integrity and NEVER give up. You will want to. Don’t.
- When in doubt, revisit #1 and make THAT your priority.