A psychologist, social worker and school psychologist in Sydney’s north, Fort Wayne, has revealed some of the key elements of the career path needed to achieve success in the profession.
Key points:Professor Fort Wayne said his work has taught him that teachers often do not have the confidence to get to grips with the students, the classroom or the communityThe work has also shown that when teachers have to make decisions they often make them aloneProfessor Fort, a psychology graduate, said he had seen the impact of the “bureaucracy” on his profession.
“I’ve seen the way that we have got people who are really insecure about their work, insecure about the people around them, insecure that their work is valued,” he said.
“We are talking about a profession that is very concerned about being trusted and how to be trusted.”
It is all about trust.
The people that are doing this job and the people that have been doing it for many, many years are very, very insecure.
“Mr Fort is a former teacher and psychologist.
He began his career at the University of Queensland, where he studied social and psychological psychology.
In 2005, he was invited to work at the Sydney Institute of Education, a centre for the study of social and cultural issues.
He later joined the Sydney Academy of Professional Psychology, which has been providing education and training for teachers for more than 30 years.”
My teaching philosophy was I was going to make sure the students had a good experience in the classroom and the classroom experience was important,” he told AM.”
So that was a major part of my teaching philosophy.
“A psychologist’s job, according to Mr Fort, is to understand students, their emotions and their behaviours.”
The teachers are doing what they do because they feel they have to,” he explained.”
And so they have an obligation to do that and it is the teacher who is in a position to guide the students through that process.
“They are doing it in a way that is not necessarily what they would want to be doing themselves.”
But they need to be in that position to help the students.”‘
I think teachers need to learn to live with the pressure’Professor Fort’s work has had a profound impact on the careers of young teachers.”
To be able to put that to the test and see how well I could help them, I think is very valuable,” he added.”
When you are teaching, you are dealing with the emotions, you have to be able, I don’t know, I just know that you are working on something that is important.
“You are learning and you are learning about your students, you know, about their emotional state, about what is important in the day-to-day life of a child, about the family.”
That is the biggest thing.
“There is not much that I can do to help teachers deal with that.”
For me, I am the teacher, I work in the field, I have to deal with the work of a teacher.
“Mr Stirling, the head of the National Education Union’s school teachers union, agreed.”
Many of us have had teachers who have never been in the industry before who have been taught by professional teachers who were very professional and then they have gone on to become professional teachers,” he argued.”
In my view, that is the way it should be.”‘
It’s a challenge, a life’s work’When it comes to assessing students’ behaviour and learning, Mr Stirling said teachers should not have to rely on the assessments.”
A lot of our students are just learning.
They are just trying to understand, they are trying to learn something, that’s their job,” he noted.”
As a teacher, you should have a sense of where your students are coming from and how they are doing and where their learning is going, so that’s a really, really important thing.
“It’s quite challenging to get the answers, and it’s a challenging life’s job.”
Professor Fort said he has learnt a lot about his profession and his profession has been a great support for his family.
He is proud to have spent so much time in the workplace and to have built a good working relationship with his students, but he said his greatest strength has always been his relationships with teachers.
Professor Fort is an Australian of the Year nominee.