( a.k.a. mavericks, instigators,
leaders, trouble makers )
“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
— John Lewis
What is a Warrior Rebel?
As a warrior rebel teacher, you do what’s right no matter what, and you speak up when others won’t. You are not afraid to speak your mind because you use experience, vision, and willpower to guide you. Warrior rebel teachers fight tooth and nail for what is best for their students, even if it goes against the grain. Your classroom, however, is a calm, protective space where your students find security and safety as you fight to defend them from the rest of the world.
Warriors are often ambitious and fearless, even in the face of great adversity. People deeply admire you or they absolutely dread you — although oftentimes, it is a combination of both!
Examples of Warriors: Susan B. Anthony, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Malala Yousefi, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Sophie Scholl
How To Release Your Inner Warrior Rebel
Be aggressive about protecting your time and energy.
Warriors are natural-born leaders (even when they don’t want to be). They need plenty of energy to fight and win their battles. For you, self-care is an absolute must. Maintain healthy boundaries and push back when those boundaries are challenged. You’ll burn out fast if you don’t provide enough fuel for your fiery spirit, so be sure you eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise.
Find allies inside and outside of your borders.
Warriors also need allies at multiple levels to help them persuade the masses and to create transformative change. Align with people who share in your mission, and don’t be afraid to look outside the box for them. In fact, some of your greatest allies may not even be in education! Seek out partnerships from all different sectors, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many will rally to support you.
Sharpen your weapons
Arm yourself with current research and theory to add teeth to your fight, and people will join you in your mission. For the warrior, knowledge is power, and you are VERY powerful in the vision you have for your students and in your beliefs. As their role model, your students know how to use their knowledge and voices to stand up for themselves and to claim their own agency. Make a record of your successes, and don’t be afraid to share them when you go into battle!