Brett Dickerson over at Life At The Intersections has hit the nail on the head again. While many people do have an innate ability to teach, ultimately, teachers must develop their skills over time. In order to do this:
Anyone who has actively invested themselves in teaching and education leadership knows that the best teachers don’t just fall out of the sky with magical qualities. They develop. And they develop faster and better when they are in a well-organized, affirmative, financially supported process. [Italicized emphasis is mine.]
You can read the rest of Mr. Dickerson’s treatise against education leaders’ command and control bias here.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my Master’s of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.