The Instructional Identity Crisis
The search for meaning is at the core of our personality as well as our own identity. Who are you as a teacher? How was that shaped? Environment and experiences play an important role in identity development. Master teachers have developed an instructional identity that has fit them well and helped their students be successful. Now what happens when the core of what you have built your identity upon suddenly changes or has evolved into something different? Changing your instructional identity is hard but necessary. We will explore common pitfalls that extend this identity crisis and how you as a teacher can avoid them and reshape that identity to something that works for you and your students.
Jay is the EdTechTeam Regional Director for India, Middle East, Africa & Asia. He brings more than 20 years of experience teaching, developing curriculum and assessment and training teachers in local, government and international schools. His current hedgehog is helping teachers develop as workshop presenters. Most recently he worked at Singapore American School as the High School Educational Technology Coordinator–where he was responsible for leading ed tech planning, professional learning, and technology integration. He’s a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, a Coach and Lead Learner at Google Teacher Academies and Innovator Academies in Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe and the US, an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator. With a passion for training teachers in the effective use of technology married with contemporary pedagogy. Jay is a self-proclaimed nerdy teacher and has worked at international schools in Egypt, Taiwan and Singapore and has served as an educational consultant for schools in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Previously, Jay was a Deputy Chief Examiner for IB Psychology with a strong background in teacher and examiner training, curriculum development, assessment and online learning.