Introduction

What does understanding Teacher Identity, Teacher Motivation and Teacher Well-Being actually mean for IRC staff when implementing programs? It might mean that some teachers have a hard time being committed to or staying in the teaching profession because of the various identity, motivational and/or well-being factors. We call this Teacher Tentativeness.

It might also mean that some teachers lack official qualifications (like a high school degree, etc.) but are still good teachers. And because of positive identity, motivational and well-being factors, these gifted teachers know how to support student well-being and should not be turned away. We refer to these other factors as having Alternative Qualifications. Both Teacher Tentativeness and having Alternative Qualifications can coexist within an individual or a group of teachers in a particular context.