We believe all teachers are also leaders. What distinguishes one teacher from another is their approach to his or her leadership. Here are the seven most essential tasks of a teacher who have the broadest impact assume without anyone suggesting they take them on.
Model lifelong learning.
A Teacher recognizes the importance of in-depth content and pedagogical expertise. They never stop their learning. They also agree that they want students to become lifelong learners, just like them. One way, where students can recognize the value of lifelong learning is to perceive their teachers as lifelong learners and to take their teachers advice about its influence on them.
Engage in active collaborative learning.
Teacher leaders are experts in their craft. They can engage in giving feedback, collaborative planning, advocate for change, and offer perspectives because they understand what is required for excellence in teaching to occur daily.
Accept collective responsibility for student success.
The teacher accepts responsibility for their students’ success. A teacher also promotes collective responsibility for the students served by the other members of their team. To achieve this, they commit to working together through a cycle of inquiry that enables them to clarify students’ learning needs and their learning agenda, implement new strategies across the team, assess the impact on students, and refine their plans until all students are experiencing success.
Help students improve their IQ levels.
Teachers and the ones who can guide students and help them achieve higher IQ levels by asking them thought-provoking questions and inculcate the habit of asking how and why questions. Apart from this, they can take live examples of what is happening around and discus on those topics. For example, there is an agitation going on in the Telangana, between the government, road transport cooperation and high court. Teachers can use discus about these topics and explain how our system, judiciary and corporations works.
Contribute to the schoolwide improvement agenda.
Teacher extends their impact beyond their team to the whole school. They understand that success in one class or subject can be erased by limiting success in another class. As a result, the teacher takes a responsibility to help build a culture of continuous development, respect, and trust across the school. They serve on curriculum, school improvement, instruction, leadership, or other essential leadership teams.
Inculcate fun and education.
A teacher can conduct surprise tests that relieve students from monotonous classroom teaching and subject. Instead, a teacher can come up with some quiz and other competitions which help students to question themselves, apart from academics
Build relationships with policymakers.
A teacher is in the best position to influence the decisions of policymakers. They have the authentic experience and insights to provide practical examples to people who make decisions that affect them and their profession. They are among the most trusted members of the community. Teacher leaders get involved in the political process and build relationships with candidates and those elected to govern because they know investing in new positions them for influence later.
Not all teacher stops here. We hope you will share with us other steps a teacher can take every day to ensure excellent teaching and learning every day.