So it may not be an art post but something I have observed over many years in different educational experiences, is I often see teachers demoralised, and the lack of appreciation and support teachers receive. This is not always the case, but what I do observe is what is focused on is what teachers are not doing, instead of appreciating and confirming teachers in the amazing jobs they are doing every single day, from the tiniest of things, such as saying hello to a child ( you never know what effect this may have) to the time, dedication and commitment they put in. It's incredible, really.
What is often focused on is attainment, tables and grades, rather than building a whole and healthy child, who is able to have loving and caring relationship with themselves and others. Now don't get me wrong I am not saying learning and progression is not important, but where I feel the system is going wrong, and a this is not about blaming peole, is putting too much focus on attainment - instead of making it about people and relationships first. What's the point for pushing for top grades when you have a child who might have low self worth, anxiety issues, or simple find it hard to be themelseves, they are constantly trying to please everyone else.
What kind of child will this adult grow into? One who is truly joyful and content with life or someone who is constantly trying to prove themselves and their value. In both cases, for an example this child could grow up to work in the same profession, same kind of family, life, but the way they live life, relate to people. the commitment they bring to work, people, family ( if they have one) and to themselves would be very very different.
Would they self medicate on drugs, prescription on not, food, alcohol, allow themselves to be in abusive relationships of any kind, or would they know their value and their worth and bring this to everything and everyone?
The teachers I see and work with every day are doing amazing jobs, they are teachers to be truly appreciated for they bring so much to the kids classes and schools. It's only once we bring it back to teachers and ask them what's needed, and teachers start to speak up - will the education system truly change.
We have everything we are looking for in our classrooms, our teachers and inside ourselves.
Having recently received a truly loving and deeply appreciative email from Kristy Wood, it made me stop to feel just how much I appreciate Kristy and what I love about her.
Just in a matter of a few lines, Kristy shared her absolute love, warmth and appreciation of my expression, my writing and me.
Kristy WoodIt wasn’t so much about the words that Kristy shared, though these were heartfelt and important, but the absolute love, depth and care felt in every word written.
I have never met Kristy as she lives on the other side of the world, so I cannot share about day to day life, but what I do know is how much I am inspired by her – her absolute depth of wisdom, love, passion, commitment and care for people, kids, teachers, community and education.
Kristy and I work together on a global project called ‘Teachers are Gold’. I love the clarity and truth Kristy brings, she makes it very real.
Since I have known Kristy for the past four and half years, Kristy’s love and depth has grown more and more.
When you listen to Kristy speak about people, children and education, you can’t help but feel the absolute lived authority and power that she is and holds, and the absolute rock solid, steadfast support she brings to everyone– kids, classrooms, teachers, head teachers, parents, schools and the communities in which she works and lives, not to mention her wicked sense of humour and playfulness as well.
Hearing Kristy presenting about her experiences in life, you cannot help but feel the humbleness she lives, and I would say she may not even realise just how incredibly awesome she is.
Her work has won awards, and there are so many people that have nothing but absolute respect for Kristy and the work she offers. I know for a fact, people across the world are deeply inspired by Kristy and all that she is and lives.
Kristy is also not afraid to stand up and speak the truth, no matter what that may be, having recently written an incredible article speaking up against lies and abuse.
Kristy is a true role model for kids and adults too.
It’s not often we open up as a society and share this normal way of being and expressing with one another in the world, appreciating everything we love and adore about a person or a group.
This is what I love about Kristy Wood: her willingness to go there and appreciate people with absolute truth, depth, genuine warmth, love, and care.
Kristy has taken the bar of love and appreciation to a whole new level. Kristy Wood rocks this world!
Gyl RaeBy Gyl Rae, 38, Teacher, Scotland
Originally published on - The Truth about Universal Medicine.