I have spent lots of time recently thinking about my vision for education, my values and what I want to achieve as an educator. Suddenly a massive thought - teachers hold the future of humanity in their hands!
Then I started to think about actions I have taken recently, have I been creating a future generation of humanity full of characteristics they will need or am I simply perpetuating the academic part of education, which is expected? Am I a lone voice in meetings talking about educating the whole child with a curriculum full of character building opportunities? Do I make my point of mental health, warm-heartedness and kindness without excuse?
These are the very questions that have spurred me on to be bold and have courage in my core values. I need to be bold to make sure that students, whose self-esteem has been lowered by trolls and unkind words below their selfies have lessons in how to be confident in the real and virtual world.
So what constitutes being bold?
Turning up to a meeting with a clear plan of how to bring change to the curriculum. Standing firm when obstacles are placed in the way and finding a way to deliver what you feel needs to change. If it is for the future of humanity then #beboldforchange is not optional but a necessity.
Imagine writing a letter to yourself in the past.
Dear person I used to be, there is no point moaning about issues that are annoying you because you can be the change maker. You just have to be #10%braver and #beboldforchange from, the person you later became.
The consequences of being bold for me has been bringing my whole self to my job. Authentic leadership isn't easy in some settings, yet we need to show students our skills by fully showing up each day with our whole being.
Running mental health assemblies this week I have shared vulnerabilities too. My mum died when I was in y7 and I remember my sister asking me if I was ok - I said I'm fine. The I'm fine campaign suggests this is a classic response and we all need to be able to say I'm not ok. By being authentic in that assembly I had the inner confidence to share. To go beyond being a data driven results manager to sharing with students that we will all have difficult life journeys. My 10#braver challenge was to share part of my experience in the aim to get students sharing when their life journey hits a rocky patch. You don't have to pretend to be invincible.
Without attending #womened events and connecting with the inspiring community, I truly feel I would still be doing an ok job. Now I have the confidence to #beboldforchange. My pledge at the #womened Unconference was to help new teachers grow in their confidence.