Participate with Teacher Voice
Teacher voice is an important gift both inside and outside the classroom. All teachers can and should take advantage of it. As a teacher you have the right to question the education value of things as it relates to and affects your classroom, teaching, and students—as long as you don’t abuse the privilege. Saying yes to everything, or staying quiet when things don’t seem quite right, may keep you out of trouble, or off the radar, but it’s a far too simple escape when you know something needs to be said, and you know you’re the one to say it. And in many cases, you may be the only one.
To remain quiet when you know there’s something to be said is of no help—ever. In most cases, others will chime in if you do say something, especially if it is beneficial to teaching and students. Now, you may get it from both sides, so be prepared. You may also put yourself into another scary area, that of spokesperson. And there’s nothing wrong with that either. While speaking up may take more effort to do, it is better to say what you think and feel. The opportunities to be part of the daily teaching discussions make it imperative that you never lose your teacher voice. It is far too valuable for your teaching, and in the long run for your students, when you participate in the process.