“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest.”
John S. Mill, Philosopher
A few questions that I believe we forget to ask ourselves on a regular basis: What do you believe about education? What is its purpose and how do your beliefs impact your students directly or indirectly? If we don’t examine our beliefs and biases, we run the risk of continuing to do what we have always done, which will prevent us from making necessary changes to provide learning experiences that prepare students for a future that doesn’t exist yet.
For example, if students are merely taught to remember stuff, how will they respond when they see or experience something they have never seen? If you work directly with students, whether you’re a teacher or an educational support professional, it is imperative that we model positive responses to adversity. One of the things I strongly believe is that as leaders of learning, we should be comfortable diving into unfamiliar territory, so we can model the learning process for students. After all, students will need to learn how to learn on their own if they will succeed in the future.
If I hadn’t taken the time to examine my beliefs about education, teaching, learning, mindset, etc, I may have never come to the realization that teachers need to be learners willing to model their learning with their students. As Simon Sinek always suggests, we should start with the “Why”, and while I agree with this 100%, I also believe that we need to be asking ourselves what we believe and why we believe it.