How do you inspire deep self belief in students who have spent years believing that they have limited potential? How do you build the courage to dream in students deprived of opportunity? How do you develop the independence and leadership in students that’s necessary for them to take ownership of their dreams and make them a reality?
I started Enseñá por Argentina with high expectations and dreams of delivering the best lessons in the world. But the reality facing my students was tougher than I had ever imagined, nothing seemed to be working and my confidence soon disappeared. The drive home alone after school was silent and tough - Instead of providing an opportunity for my students to transform, I felt like I was providing them with the worst teaching they could have.
“When we talk about giving kids a ‘sense of possibility,’ it used to be a vague and lofty term for our team. With events like FLIPPED, that bring our whole community together, we get to experience first-hand what it means to change perspectives, expose ourselves to different realities, and at the end of the day, strengthen relationships. This is applicable to both our students and our champions.”
In their second year, Teach For Malaysia Fellows are expected to start initiatives or projects that address problems within their communities. Here, 2013 Fellow Alina Amir describes her second year initiative, Blok A:
"Tough Young Teachers,” a documentary series produced by Victory Television and BBC Three with the support of Teach First, is giving audiences in the UK an unprecedented view of the challenges and triumphs new teachers experience. The series, which premiered on January 9, follows the journey of six Teach First trainees through one academic year working in schools in low-income communities of London.
I–like most of us, I imagine–am inspired by the pursuit of a vision where one day ALL CHILDREN will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Sometimes, when we take time to reflect on all the systemic reasons that is not happening, that vision can get pretty overwhelming.
More than anything else, here’s what gives me more energy, optimism, and conviction that we can do this:
“When I first got into teaching I thought success was 85 percent on the state test. Within just a short amount of time I realized that was so flawed. My students are more than a score, they are more than a number and that can’t be the measure of success.”
Taylor Delhagen (Teach For America, 2006) reflects on the importance of empowering your students to critically examine the world around them, rigorously explore values and exercise the perseverance needed to overcome failure.
“I think the work of transforming education starts with the mind. Children need to feel empowered to think that they can move up, to think that they can achieve their dreams.” – Flor Yabar, EnseñaPerú