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Opinion: Change the Teaching Narrative to Focus on Good Teachers

Opinion: Change the Teaching Narrative to Focus on Good Teachers

One educator has made it her goal to shift the emphasis on "bad teaching" stories and instead celebrate the impact teachers have all over the world in a campaign that uses social media platforms to get its message across.

Educator Julie Hiltz says she and the rest of the teaching community are tired of hearing about "bad teachers" as they continue to strive for excellence in educating their students.

"There are thousands of good teachers making a positive impact on students and their schools. These teachers are going above and beyond their classroom duties, engaging in ongoing professional development, and actively participating in personal learning communities," she said, according to SmartBlogs.com

So Hiltz has decided to take matters into her own hands and create a different narrative with the help of fellow passionate educators all over the country.

Her projects, titled #TeachingIs and Teachers Learn to Lead, which "use the power of social media to change the conversation about teaching and celebrate the positive impact and influence of teacher leaders all over the world."

The campaign encourages and inspires teachers to post the good work being done in classrooms on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

"Both of these projects encourage teachers to tell their own stories of how they are leading from within the classroom: by building relationships, developing both personally and professionally and meeting the needs of all students," she said, according to the article.

Her current campaigns were inspired by her early work in Florida, where she teamed up with other teachers to catalog leadership stories from teachers all over the state in an infographic

Ever since, she has dedicated her time to changing the public narrative on teachers and encourages educators of all kinds to join the effort.

"Teachers can and must do a much better job generating their own positive press. We cannot allow others to continue to paint a negative picture of our profession," she said.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

Read the full article here and comment below.

04/30/2015

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