Be the Nation Builders – teachers matter #niedcamp

A few people asked me to type up what I said when I opened @niedcamp on Tuesday 18 August.  

I’ve left my initial introductions, thanks and the boring housekeeping bits out. Photo courtesy of Alistair Hamill

I believe you are the change makers in Education. Our tag line for #niedcamp was one day to make a difference. I believe you are the people who will make the differences to our young people. You are the change makers.

I recently read a blog from the United States by the Secretary of State for Education, A Duncan. In it he states:

Teachers are our nation builders—the strength of every profession in our country grows out of the knowledge and skills that teachers help to instill in our children.

Northern Ireland has moved on and we must move on knowing that their future is our future. 

Today, I want to remind you that for our pupils education is in the here and now. In the words of Ken Robinson’s words – the first 18 years matter… They aren’t a rehearsal. Every day in your school counts. 

We as teachers have a responsibility to teach to the highest possible standard in order to ensure our children and our children’s children have the knowledge, dispositions and skills to equip them for the unknowns of the future. 

The work of Carol Dweck reminds us that we too can grow our mindsets.  

So use today to develop yourselves, to share what is happening in your schools, to network with your colleagues and to celebrate all that is good in N. Ireland’s schools.

You have one day to make a difference – ready, steady, grow…

Be professionally empowered by #niedcamp. 

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