So here is a bit of a miserable post. A reflection on some challenges that I have faced over the years.
Teaching is a great profession. Teachers are passionate, committed to their students and their learning, and, they are hard working - in the main. There are a few exceptions as with every profession. I do meet them in the context of my work from time to time. They exhibit signs of
not wanting to improve or shift their practice
being satisfied with mediocre
negative energy towards their leaders
negative energy towards their students
disruptive behaviour that they would not tolerate from their students
In their behaviours, I sometimes see myself as the disruptor in earlier years when I was feeling dissatisfied with the status quo. Sometimes all that is needed is a quiet word in their ears - just saying I have noticed that their behaviour is that of a non-engaged participant. Sometimes I just to ask them what they do with a student in their class who is disruptive/ apathetic /unengaged when they throw their digital tools out of the cot. This often brings the change in behaviour that I desire.
As a facilitator, it is my job to engage these people in much the same way as a teacher would strive to engage a reluctant student. I look at my practice and the language that I use. I ask myself how they have got into this state - which is a bit of deficit theorising, but I do also often ask myself - have they asked themselves if they are in the right profession?