I wrote a little something here as a thought on teacher leadership. Check it at the Collaborateurs:
That’s why I ought to start capitalizing the word “teacher” in the phrase “teacher leader.” The term “teacher leader” is so ubiquitous, you can’t help but wonder if people even know what it actually means, or at least have characteristics in mind when they think of TEACHER leadership.
We can knock out a few instances of what’s not teacher leadership. It’s not hiring a person at a teacher’s salary and giving them a position or a name. It’s not giving a person only a couple of years to teach before they’re walking around telling teachers what to do. It’s definitely not seeking to get famous for a few opinions.
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I’m usually a fan of teacher leadership, but sometimes, it makes me nervous. Observe:
I wonder if teachers who are deemed teacher leaders understand why so many of us put teacher in front of leader when speaking in front of teacher leadership.
This falls on some of our colleagues too, who jump right into the teacher leadership role and misunderstand what comes with the title i.e. the perception that, yes, they will lead as teachers. No teacher should have to feel reserved when it comes to their professional opinion, but fellow teachers do value expertise and approach when it comes to leadership, no matter who it comes from.
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An excerpt from my latest Edutopia article:
Do: Teach Others How to Lead
Everyone has expertise in some way, shape or form. Some teachers have great organizing skills (who doesn’t need this?!). Others understand how to put together curriculum materials. Still others have mastered building great teacher-student relationships. Rather than focus on deficiencies, we can play to our colleagues’ strengths and ask them to lead a meeting or workshop on that specific talent. Also, we as teacher leaders can sit there and acquire the skill from that person and make it part of our arsenal. I haven’t met a teacher yet who didn’t share 85% of his or her secrets, especially if it’s to the benefit of the school.
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