Apr 3, 2012

Losing, Whilst Finding, My Voice

I love to talk about education. It’s my passion. It’s what I do. I love to explore the complexities of the art and the machine of the science of learning. Then I love to tear them apart and try as hard as I might, to figure what worked and why it worked with a specific kid or a specific class.

But that’s my problem. I talk too much. I write my blog and express my opinions and too often, I’m met with acrimony from my

colleagues. Not for the ideas, but for my willingness and want of expressing them. Sometimes the acrimony is blatant, “Here he goes again.” or “He’s just being a shit disturber.” But more often, it’s passive aggressive, it’s implied dissent, you know, the eye roll or the “Well…” shoulder shrug.

Now, I may be a little melodramatic about it, but I think there lies a major difficulty in the road ahead in education.

When teachers start to find our pedagogical voice, it is often tuned out by other teachers. Not by administrators or by parents, but by teachers.

I believe the road ahead requires a radical shift that must start with teachers finding their voices.

But as I find my voice, online in the edu-blogosphere or in the Twitterverse, I’m losing my voice in my school. I’m becoming more  gun-shy when and with whom I get into it with. I don’t want to be the voice in the wind, yet, the more one says about change, that’s what happens.

So, how do I find balance?

If we want to see the education system we want, we must reclaim our voices and ensure the power of those voices around us are heard.


This post is cross-posted on voicEd.ca, a collective of voices who have an interest in collaborating on conversations, discussion and even debates about the future of education and schooling in Canada.


  • Thanks Scott.
    It’s so important to maintain the conversation in our schools face to face. It’s far more comfortable to retreat to online communities where your audience chooses when and how to process your message. When we do retreat we miss the chance to connect with other like minded individuals in our buildings. There are more pockets of progression than we often realize because those voices have long grown quiet under the same pressures you feel. Imagine how that felt ten years ago before the web. Sharing isn’t bragging, and teachers need to do far more of it than our allotted time allows.

    • Thanks for reading Christy.
      I find it increasingly easier to gather with “my” people and bounce ideas around then to tackle the tide that recedes from change. Part of it, is I’m not good at it. I come across at times as extremist or “shit disturbing”.
      I do take your point that there are “pockets of progression”, how do we get these voices to raise up? That’s the next stage.
      Thanks for being one of my people.

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