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Who Is the Teacher, as a Person?

To help expand your views of how different personal/cultural factors and how one‘s life experience contribute to teacher identity, here are some ideas that came from brainstorming amongst IRC staff in West and East Africa:

Personal Identity Elements
Who are teachers as people?

Contributing personal and cultural factors

  • Gender

  • Race/ethnic/tribe/clan group

  • Age

  • Self-esteem/self-confidence

  • Religious beliefs

  • Personal relationships

  • Physical appearance: e.g., uniform, dress code

  • Other beliefs and attitudes – cultural

  • Language

Contributing life experiences

  • Past experiences (including trauma)

  • Legal status – as refugee, returnee, etc.

  • Level of education

  • Professional certification

  • Experience working with children

  • Facilitation skill

  • Other professional skills

Question for Reflection/Discussion:

What do you think about this list? In what ways are these items similar or different to the ones you listed? In what ways are they different?

Activity:

In your context, which important issues shape teacher identity? Make a list of them. If you had to rank these issues, which would you say has the most potential for affecting a teacher‘s ability to teach effectively? What elements do you think are important to the community's perception of teachers? Now discuss with a colleague your list of issues and why you ranked them as you did.


Definition: trauma

an emotional or psychological injury