Who Is the Teacher, as a Person?
In addition to positive traits like being a good role model, many personal and cultural factors also shape teachers‘ identities. These factors include gender, ethnic group and religion, for example. Yet another set of factors shaping teacher identity includes life experiences such as one‘s level of education, specific skills, vocation or one's occupation. All of these factors – personal, cultural and one‘s life experience – contribute to the way teachers see themselves and the way the community sees them. What else makes teachers who they are, as people?
Question for Reflection/Discussion:
When you hear the word “teacher,” what other factors (in addition to qualities and skills) might contribute to who that teacher is, as a person?
Suggest to the group that they brainstorm ideas, beliefs and assumptions about who or what a teacher is, as a person. Compile a list on a board, etc.
To help you think deeper about your ideas of teacher identity, complete this statement with as many factors as you can. Make a list of all the items you come up with:
The most important factors in a teacher‘s identity, which contribute to who he or she is as a person and as a teacher, are _________________________.
There are no “correct” or “incorrect” answers here. Just list the factors that make sense to you. When you can think of nothing new to add, share with a colleague and see if he or she has other ideas to add or to challenge your ideas. Then click to continue.