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Definitions of an Educator

My experience in the realm of education has lead me to the discovery that I cannot be a teacher.  I don’t feel comfortable in front of a classroom full of young people for long periods of time.  I’m not always able to think on my feet and always seem to have the best ideas only hours later.  I get too tired to last through the day.  And, it breaks my heart too much to see children fail.  And so, I am trying to see myself as an educator outside of the cookie cutter definition of “teacher.”

I am an educator when I weave pictures and stories into documentaries about issues that I feel are important.

I am an educator when I discuss new things that I learn with the people around me.

I am an educator when I ask questions of myself and others.

I am an educator when I ask a child how many marbles they have instead of just giving them some and letting them play by themselves.

I am an educator when I try to open my heart and let others know that they are doing well.

I am an educator when I try to educate myself on what is going on in the world.


How are you an educator?

About aliciarice

I spent a year working with Khon Kaen Education Initiative, an alternative education program in Northeastern Thailand. I have a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in video production. My main interests is documentary film making.


4 thoughts on “Definitions of an Educator

  1. Alice,

    A friend of mine, a “real” teacher and educator (much classroom experience, multiple MAs, an Ed Leadership and current employment as a high school principal) provided a simple definition of “teacher”: “You are a teacher if you help others learn information or concepts that are new to them.”

    I suspect your background in communications makes you a prime candidate for being an effective “teacher”, whether you are classified as being one or not.


    Posted by Brent Snavely | October 3, 2011, 11:01 pm
  2. I love this post — it is important to understand that while we have very typical stereotypical names for what is a “teacher” or “educator” or “student” — that we must recognize that even though we do not fit into the box of what those stereotypes mean, we are still “teachers” or “educators” or “students” — probably all three. I think its important to blur those stereotypical definitions, if only so that for ourselves we can better understand the complexity of learners and teachers, because of their passion, care and work.

    Alice — I would consider you EVEN more of a teacher because of your bullet-points — you are also an Educator and a learner as well, because of them. You have a solidarity partner in myself, understanding the necessary distinction in actions and yet, necessary blurriness of such labels. I am an educator through many of the same ways you are and this is why I feel a kinship with you and understand your position. If you do the things and think the things of education — you ARE an educator, a teacher — and don’t let anyone redefine that for you or try to take that away from you.

    In Educational Solidarity,
    Casey K. Caronna M.A. Ed.

    Posted by caseykcaronna | October 5, 2011, 12:26 pm
    • I totally agree!

      I think that if we allow ourselves to be all of those things, we can all understand one another better. And then, we can start building the understanding and educated world we wish to live in!

      Posted by aliciarice | June 6, 2012, 4:08 pm

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