Leadership culture in the classroom: Are you a teader or just a teacher? (workshop)

Egypt, ID LLCE2015-157b

It would be hard to find the perfect teacher/trainer – none of us is perfect. And we all make mistakes. When we do, it is important to learn from them. Each one of us has leadership traits – whether we know it or not. Each of us knows the difference between a good teacher and a bad teacher. I call the good perfect teacher “a teader” as a “teacher leader”. Leading people is more of an art than a science. This workshop includes ideas about leading. You may find the following activities helpful as a way to think through how well you lead – or how well students in your classroom lead. These activities can be done individually or in a group(s).

Handout activity 1: Provides the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling which includes some thoughts that can be meaningful to a leader. This can be read individually and discussed as a group.

Handout activity 2: Leadership Activity Sheet: First, attendees select the name of someone they think is a good leader. Then, in the left column they identify the qualities that make this person a good leader. Next, they use the right hand column to compare themselves to those qualities and they think about what they need to do to be more like the qualities in the left column. This exercise shows audience how to improve their leadership skills.

Handout activity 3: is the Leadership Questions Exercise: to hold a group session to consider each statement and its opposite and then attendees think about which one is more common in their institutions. It could be their peers or a former teacher.

Now, ask yourself, which one are you? Teacher? Leader? Or teader?

Keywords: Leadership, culture, classroom management, education skills