Speaker 1: As a laureate I hope to contribute the voice of someone who is passionate about making opportunity happen for students, who realizes that I always have room to grow, that I have so many ways that I can constantly be better and that through purposeful reflection and examining of my own practice and hearing the voice of my students and hearing from other trusted colleagues that that's the avenue to be better for my students. So I hope to lead a conversation around how we can all be better that is personal, within our context but requires us to learn from outside voices and respect other perspectives.
Speaker 2: As a teaching channel laureate, I think one of the things that I really want to contribute is a sense of authenticity. I think that my classroom is a very real classroom with real problems, [yield?] real disturbances with students. You watch me teach, I definitely don't have all the answers. And I'm still very much- I'm on a growth model and have a complete growth mindset in education for sure. So I think what I hope to contribute is both a sense of here's some things that I think have worked for me, but also here's some areas where I really need improvement.
Speaker 3: To me, "getting better together" means collaborating with others. I don't think anybody gets better alone. And so to me, when I hear "getting better together" it is really just growing this community of educators that are open to one another. There's no judgment, it's not evaluative. It is really a community where everybody wants the best for everybody else's students. And to mean I want the best for everybody else's students, I need to help that teacher and they need to help me grow in our practice.
Speaker 4: I think that there's a wonderful exchange that can happen between teachers you're willing to allow yourself to be vulnerable and take risks and show what you're doing in your classroom. One of the things that makes leaders leaders is that they're willing to take risks and be vulnerable and open themselves up to the critical eye of others in order to grow from the experience.
Speaker 5: Getting better together, as a new teacher, it should mean a lot to me. I'm a first year teacher or it could be a second year teacher and I still want to know and I still want to get help from a lot of people. I don't want to get through my first five years alone. I really want to hear from experienced teachers of what they have to say and how they can improve my practice. It will take a long time if I were just to try to do all these lesson plannings and activities by myself. So "getting better together" really just means, to me, it's really strong support for brand new teachers coming to the profession.
Speaker 6: There's so many educators all around the world to learn from and to glean from and to just share what we know. And they will help, not only me, my students, but it will help other students throughout the world to become better students and to become better educators. So I'm excited about becoming a laureate. Oh I am a laureate.
Speaker 7: As a teaching channel laureate, I want to make a difference. I want to interact and I want to get better. So the idea that I would post things or share my best practices or my ideas and then that other people would respond to me in kind is wonderful. I'm very excited about the exchange of information and the idea that we can get better together by sharing what makes us good teachers is very exciting to me.
Speaker 8: When I think about "getting better together" I think about hope. I think that using each other to fight the intrinsic isolation that has defined this profession for far too long, gives us a sense of optimism that we can do it and that we can do it better. Because when I'm isolated I don't feel very urgent. I have to say, it's easy to get stuck in what you do. It's easy to get in a place where you don't know what you don't know. But when we open our doors, when we get better together, we have this opportunity to be responsible to our students and to this profession in a different way that I think can inspire all kinds of teachers.