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As someone with a stutter, I work through and around my dysfluency as a regular part of my job. At first, I was very anxious about talking about my difficulties. After all, teaching is a complex business and nobody wants to be seen as inadequate. But as I started to share my story, I found that loads of educators started talking to me about the difficulties they face in their work. I found out that there are scrappy teachers everywhere!
It is possible to be a terrific teacher, even with all that life has thrown at you. And the good news is that students benefit when we are honest with the difficulties we face. Students need to see resilience modeled by the adults around them.
So, be scrappy because we need more scrappy teachers.