In our rush to provide teacher training, we often neglect to listen closely to teachers talking about who they are, where they come from, and their views on education and the well-being of children and youth. Yet, in emergency and post-crisis situations, teachers‘ lives and personal experiences greatly affect their teaching and their students.
Healing Classrooms assessments, findings and subsequent projects show the importance of listening to teachers‘ voices and acknowledging their perspectives. By understanding who teachers are, you can develop programs that support them in their day-to-day work of promoting student well-being.
In Healing Classrooms, teachers refers to a diverse group of individuals facilitating learning, development and protection activities in IRC's education interventions. This may include primary school teachers, child-friendly spaces facilitators, vocational trainers or a variety of other educators and facilitators in the full range of education interventions.
Student is defined as any individual receiving instruction or training in a range of learning environments such as formal and non-formal schools, literacy and numeracy classes, vocational training and even apprenticeships.
This module provides you with the tools you need to better understand the concepts of:
Teacher identity – Who teachers are and what sort of experiences they bring to their work
Teacher motivation – The school-based factors that bring teachers to teaching and sustain them in the profession
Teacher well-being – The ongoing personal, family and community-related experiences, needs and perspectives of the teachers
Click here for key Module 2 resources.