In the 2022 classroom, it is no secret that teachers are wearing a variety of hats beyond their main role as educators. Whether it is being a motivator, entertainer, counselor…the list goes on! But at the core of it all, lies the role of the leader.
When thinking of leaders in schools, administrators come to mind. However, successful schools cannot rely on administrative leaders alone. Just as important are the classroom teachers that bring their expertise to carry out and bring to life a school’s vision for its staff, students, and community.
Here are five ways to lead as a teacher in and out of the classroom:
Whether they are new to teaching or are a seasoned teacher new to your team, informal mentorship can help all teachers. Spending time with your colleagues can allow for opportunities to share and learn from one another. Taking notice of the successful work of your colleagues can allow you to support them in planning ways to share their successful approach with other educators.
Do you have your own successful approach or a creative lesson plan? Share your knowledge! Listen to the needs of the teachers you are working with and narrow your list of tools and resources down to best practices. Suggest resources that can bring growth in teaching and support overall learning.
3. Campus Leader
Circling back to the many hats teachers wear, time is not always on our side. However, do not be afraid to serve on a committee, assume the role of grade-level chair, or lead in after-school clubs/extracurriculars. A successful school keeps students at the forefront of a school leader’s vision. Taking initiative in bringing this vision to life allows for teachers to play an active role in a school’s overall success.
4. Lifelong Learner
Social media is filled with phenomenal educators sharing their own resources, facilitating meaningful conversations, and sharing their voices to impact positive changes in education. Additionally, in-person and online professional developments, conferences, and panels are happening often. Explore all the phenomenal opportunities to learn and do not be afraid to share your own voice, resources, and best practices!
The best way to grow is to reflect on our own practices. Through video coaching tools, such as Insight ADVANCE’s platform, you can watch and reflect on your teaching and invite fellow colleagues or mentors into your classroom to informally observe your practice virtually. This allows you to share in a meaningful reflection of areas of success and opportunities to grow. Or you can shadow your administrator, instructional coach, or another colleague and use it to drive your overall instruction. There is no shame in self-reflection and growth!
The variety of roles for leading as a teacher are endless. As opportunities present themselves, teachers will find a perfect fit where their interests, skill sets, and talents align. No matter what, leading as a teacher helps shape the culture of their schools, influences best practices and collaboration amongst staff, and most importantly, improves student learning! Let’s go lead!