Promoting Student Well-Being
Activity – Part 1:
Imagine a conversation between a troubled new teacher and his or her Program Officer. The teacher had no teaching experience prior to being asked to become a teacher. The teacher never felt “like a teacher.” Now the teacher has another job opportunity and is planning to leave. The Program Officer wants the teacher to stay. So do the students.
What might the teacher say to the Program Officer to explain the situation?
How might the Program Officer respond?
Show that you understand the teacher‘s point of view by listing three reasons why the teacher wants to leave. Use what you‘ve learned about teacher identity issues as well as those from your own context.
What might the Program Officer say to make the teacher reconsider the decision to leave?