I read this article called “A web-empowered revolution in teaching”  after being pointed to it by Will Richardson’s latest post, and I was thinking how it fits my view of teachers I’ve come across.

I know of a few teachers who are charismatic and brilliant in the classroom. They are true celebrities in their own schools, and everyone knows it. Of course such adoration by the fans (students) can cause petty jealousies and some bad feeling on the part of those less talented, but that’s the price you pay for being at the top of the teaching heap in a small pond. 

These days, of course, such teacher-celebrities have a whole new audience to test themselves against. The conferences, blogs and social networking now available provide a ready-made and often quite critical congregation to engage with and  advance one’s professional status.

Many teachers choose not to go down this path, perhaps fearing they are not as good as they are made out to be by the small population of their own mini-worlds. Others embrace it with vigour and are renewed by it …… raising their celebrity status even higher.

We should encourage and support the best and brightest teachers to come out of the closet and gain from the experience of teaching to a wide audience. Make sure they know about the next conferences coming up; show them how to blog and join a social network group; help them to develop a presentation.

To often the best teachers don’t know they are so good. We need to tell them.