Although she is speaking to a US audience, the talk is relevant to educators anywhere.
Rita speaks to the importance of relationships,apologies, and self-worth. These values and actions are universal in my experience:
- Students everywhere value teachers who care about them.
- Students respect educators who are not afraid to admit when they have made a mistake.
- The self-worth of students grows when the teacher demonstrates a genuine respect for them.
Most countries around the world have committed to ensuring that every child can go to school (Millennium Development Goal #2: universal primary education).
What we need now is a commitment to ensure that those schools are not only full of children but of teachers who bring joy to the learning experiences of the students.