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  • Writer's pictureAlison Willis

All over the world...

I've taught in Africa, the Middle East, Australia and America and I have learned as much from my students all over the world as they may have learned from me. I’ve always believed in each individual’s capacity to be limitless, regardless of their background, of religion, socio-economic status, ethnicity and gender. I have loved teaching because I've seen the impact of a teacher with a growth mindset who believes that each student can become the best version of themselves in everything they do. The most important lessons I learned were: a) always see students for who they are as whole human beings beyond their day-to-day academic performance; b) be an educator willing to learn something new about yourself each day. In this crazy 24/7 world, we have no idea what the future will require in terms of skills needed for jobs not yet even dreamed of. As education rock star Ken Robinson says, no one knows what the jobs of the future will be, but we’re tasked as teachers with preparing students for this future we can’t see. So, I think the most important thing we can do is build capacities in the next generation so that the world gains more literate, insightful, creative adults who have the desire and motivation to shape the world in a more sustainable and ethical way than the previous generation has. I’m seeing evidence of that already, which is so inspiring.

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