‘How do you deal with another staff member telling you to change your accent when you teach?’
‘Does knowledge of the evolution of the ‘N Word’ mean you have a right to use it?’
‘Does an individual’s choice to not use these inappropriate words in full during an education session signify strength or weakness?’
The varied and complex discussions that so often arise during SRtRC Wales’ initial teacher training sessions have been in full swing over the course of March…
The two NEU Wales-funded conferences that have taken place this month have seen the team working with over 180 trainee teachers at Bangor University and the University of Wales Trinity St David and it is this reflection that has really been at the heart of the delivery process.
While some education practitioners may say that reflection is hard to escape, the value of reflection cannot be ignored. Reflection may come in many forms, from sharing the highs and lows of the day with a friend, to the deep, soul-searching, to the structured reflective questioning, but it rarely lacks value. It reminds us that we cannot become complacent.
Some members of Team Wales have been working in the organisation for over a decade but they pride themselves on the evolution of the material and ideas that they deliver. Maya Angelou once said ‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.’ Whilst the charity has been striving to change the world, racism still persists.
The world is changing with the rise of social media and other new technologies and we change to meet that, so too must our future teachers. The world looks very different to the world that many of them grew up in but as educators, we must respond in order to encourage our children and young people to engage. At the forefront of our minds should always be the mantra that if we are going to change the world, we must first start with ourselves. So remember, a moment of reflection can never be considered time wasted.