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  • Writer's pictureHeather Brantley

Growing Pains

As an educator, you may find that others may not always be supportive of your success and growth in the classroom. Unfortunately, this is a reality that many educators face, and it can be discouraging and disheartening. However, it is important for you to remember that your success is not something to be ashamed of. Instead, it should be celebrated and shared with others who can benefit from your knowledge and experience.

Educators who are passionate about their job and invested in their students’ success are always looking for ways to improve their teaching skills. They attend conferences, participate in workshops, and seek out new ideas and strategies to enhance learning. However, not all educators share the same level of commitment and enthusiasm to grow.

Some educators may feel threatened and resentful when they see a colleague doing great things in the classroom. They may worry of their own shortcomings being exposed or that they will fall short in the race to improve. In some cases, they may try to undermine their colleague’s success by spreading rumors, withholding support, or criticizing what they are doing.

If you find yourself facing this kind of negativity, it is essential to remember that their feelings are not about you. They are reflecting on their own insecurities and fears. While it is important to acknowledge their feelings and be sensitive to their concerns, it’s equally important to not let them keep you from growing.

Here are some tips for helping you stay focused on growth and success, even when faced with opposition.

Share your Success - Don’t be afraid to share with others. When others see the positive impact that you have on students, they are more open to trying new methods themselves.

Seek Supportive Colleagues - Look for like minded educators who share a passion for learning and growing. Build a network of supportive colleagues who will offer encouragement, feedback, and advice.

Be Open Minded - Don’t let the negative attitude of others stop you from trying new things. Remain curious and receptive to a variety of perspectives, even if they come from unexpected sources.

Remain Compassionate - Remember that other educators are human beings with their own fears and insecurities. We may never know what is driving the emotions they are presenting. Be kind and compassionate in your interaction with others, even when they are not reciprocating. Don’t let the negativity of others distract you from your mission to help your students be successful.

As the impact of Artificial Intelligence programs on education continues to grow, it is important to seize the opportunities to learn and grow alongside them. Despite potential opposition, maintain your focus on achieving success for your students. With perseverance, you can thrive through any growing pains that arise from this exciting but evolving technology.


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