A perspective of Ascendance can help us navigate one of the more challenging aspects of being a teacher – the need to be “right”. Of course, teaching is a profession by which we must be “right” in the sense of knowing the correct information and material we are instructing. We cannot instruct our student incorrectly, but we also must understand, other than concrete information, the perspective of being “right” is a bit more nebulous than we like to believe. In the classroom, “right” answers are to be expected. Within the rest of our professional lives, we may be better served with a broader and accepting sense of “rightness”. With the perspective of Ascendance, we are asked to see beyond our sense of “rightness” to the best solutions for all involved.
Can you use the perspective of Ascendance to reflect on how being “right” may impact your experience of teaching?
How can you help your students use Ascendance to understand the appropriate understanding of the need to be “right”?