It happens all around us, every day of the year, with every heart beat. From the new life that enters this world, to the war stricken countries in the world; change happens, for better or for worse. The most ironic thing of all, is that children do not like change. Merely changing the environment, such as taking the children on a school trip, can empower some but can also make others anxious. But as adults we are expected to embrace change, so we ourselves can pass that positive changing of events, advancement of technology onto the children. Living in the 21st Century, it is one of the most changing eras of recent years.
The public sector strikes on Wednesday 30th November 2011, campaigned for change. Change for the livelihood, and the future of public sector workers. There was one union that asked for change in a different way. The NASUWT encouraged its member to work to rule. The Telegraph, so elegantly defined it as:
‘Staff could work six-and-a-half hour days, refuse to cover for absent colleagues and shun all non-teaching tasks such as photocopying, putting up displays, administering exams and monitoring detentions, it has emerged.’
As a trainee teacher, I need to embrace change (hence the new blog) such as getting prepared for the new curriculum to see it being scrapped by the coalition government the day it came to power, understanding the new expectations of myself on teaching practice. We need to embrace change, but sometime change is not nice and sweat. It can be ugly. I understand the idea to ‘work to rule’ wanting change. It wants to put an end to all the extra paper work that teachers have to do, to keep the LEAs and government happy, so we as teachers can focus on the learning of the children. Over my three years of a trainee teacher, I have seen how paper work has affected the stress and quality of teaching. Surely teachers should have a freedom to embrace the ‘good’ change. Change of technology that can empower children. I hope when the new curriculum comes out, it has embraced the ‘change;’ that has happened within this era, and streamlined the curriculum, so teachers can pass on the continual advances in the world, to make children become better learners.
Change. For better, or for worse, it will continually happen all around us, all the time. What role do teachers play in parsing that change on to the children? How can we embrace change, to make us better teachers, and children better learners?
Telegraph [16th Nov 2011]: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8894408/Teachers-to-work-to-rule-in-row-over-pay-and-pensions.html