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The Stories Teachers Tell

How can educators better promote their profession? Julie Conlon, a Florida teacher writing for Education Week, says teachers need to brag more.

I received an advertisement for a magazine in the mail today. It quoted novelist Arundhati Roy stating that change is possible, and that to achieve it, we must tell our stories. “Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.”

Each January, I am one of the millions who set goals—saving more, eating less—to improve myself. This year, instead of just trying to make myself a better teacher by grading papers sooner, I resolve to improve the image of my profession by bragging more. Focusing on the positives, I will share my stories with family, friends, and strangers. I challenge you to do the same.

What kinds of stories do you tell friends, family, and acquaintances about being a teacher?

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