Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is ask for help. If you’re in teaching profession, you know this: Perhaps you’ve even told yourself that asking for help indicates a weakness. Or perhaps you think that asking for help is a sign of weakness in the teaching profession.
But asking for help, although nervewracking, is also helpful. Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is a seasoned elementary school educator based on the East Coast, discusses asking for help. Here’s what she says about asking for help in a paragraph entitled “Teachers Helping Their Fellow Teachers”: “There is no denying the fact that when you are a first-year teacher you will have questions. Even if you have been teaching for a while, you will have questions. If your school doesn’t have a mentoring program, then you must seek out your own mentor. Many veterans are happy to take on a mentoring role because they’ve been in your shoes, and know how you feel. You want to find someone that has been in the profession for quite some time and who knows the ropes; Someone who you can openly address your concerns with and freely speak your mind.”
Janelle sums up her article like this: “In short, asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but actually a sign of competency. People won’t perceive you as weak if you need to assistance, they will see you as self-aware and with great strength. It means that you are self-assured enough to know when it’s time to call in the reinforcements. The next time you have a question, please don’t hesitate to ask.”
Do you think asking for help makes you look incompetent in the teaching profession? What is your view on this topic? Please share your thoughts and expertise in the comment section, we would love to hear what you have to say.