The launch of the 2018 Anglican Schools/Youthworks College and EdComm Internship program
Many Anglican schools and colleges have expressed the need for more committed and high quality Christian people to join the profession, and build and sustain our schools’ staffing requirements. The EdComm team have been considering ways that we could encourage Christian men and women to consider a vocation in teaching.
There’s nothing that strikes more fear into most than knowing you have to have a difficult conversation with someone. For teachers these conversations are unavoidable, whether it be with a student, parent or another staff member. Most people seem to struggle to step into these situations with any degree of confidence, least of all with the hope of resolution and a positive outcome. So how can we have difficult conversations that are mutually edifying and resolve any tensions or difficulty?
What do teaching and pastoral ministry have in common?
Neither teaching or pastoral ministry are just a job. Both are a vocation or calling for the Christian. Both embrace a big picture that requires the person to have vision and expertise that can put that vision into practice, whether in the context of the church or the school.
‘As professions, Teaching and Nursing tend to be at the top of the scale when it comes to lack of self-care.’ (Said by a Clinical Psychologist at an AIS seminar some years ago.) I’ve never forgotten this statement and I’ve always grappled with how we can improve this situation for teachers.