Leadership Your Way
Looking for some fresh ideas to take your leadership to the next level? We’ve got you covered. Here are some new ideas to maximize your network, advance as a leader, and reinvigorate your teaching practice.
Build your social network
Chatting with other teachers on social media lets you trade leadership strategies, swap survival tips, and share brilliant classroom ideas. Plus, it’s fun! Check out our favorite leaders to follow.
- @fairydustteaching – Great ideas for transforming your early childhood education space
- @tchr2tchr – Motivational quotes and daily inspiration for educators
- @busymrs.b – Cool posts about room organization and student encouragement
- @meredithanderson_momgineer – STEAM tips and games
- @lessonswithlaughter – Creative board ideas and classroom activities
Cool teachers on Twitter
- Giselle Santos – Steady stream of engaging links, videos, and news about classroom tech innovations
- Dan Brown – Informative and inspiring education-reform feed from the author of The Great Expectations School
- Rachelle Dene Poth – Actionable STEAM and “Edtech” ideas from a technology consultant and classroom teacher
Blogs we love
- Tween Teacher – Project-based learning and education technology
- Urban Ed Mixtape – Resources for urban classrooms, teachers, and parents
- Science Fix – Video science lessons and experiments
TED Talks every teacher must watch
Here are some interesting but brief TED Talks that will give you that creative boost of inspiration. We’ve even paired each one with a “Teacher Takeaway” in case you’re curious but short on time.
“Got a Meeting? Take a Walk” by Nilofer Merchant
Teacher Takeaway: Move your meetings out of the box! When you need to talk through an issue with an administrator or new teacher, try strolling through the halls as you talk.
“How to Start a Movement” by Derek Sivers
Teacher Takeaway: It takes guts to stand out and be a leader, and you can show initiative by joining someone else’s movement at school too.
“Try Something New for 30 Days” by Matt Cutts
Teacher Takeaway: Is there a new leadership opportunity you’ve wanted to try? Give it a go. 30 days will pass either way. Might as well make them meaningful!
“How to Fix a Broken School: Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard” by Linda Cliatt-Wayman
Teacher Takeaway: Lessons from a principal who turned around a troubled school by winning over her students with love, leadership, and no excuses.
Leadership Dos and Don’ts
Keep these expert guidelines in mind the next time you head up a new project at school, pitch an innovative idea to colleagues, or volunteer for extra responsibilities.
- DO support other teacher leaders at your school. When it’s your turn to initiate a project, those colleagues will remember you were there for them.
DON’T dismiss a colleague’s ideas. Give new ideas time. Reflect. Experiment. It may spark next-level teaching tactics for both of you.
DO ask other teachers for help. Being a leader means bringing others with you, not going it alone.
DON’T be afraid to admit you don’t know something. Leaders who acknowledge that they’re still learning will build trust with others.
DO honor the requests of school administrators. Even if you’re skeptical, try it out! Making an effort will set you apart as a team player and potential leader.
DON’T be afraid to suggest something new. You are uniquely positioned to see micro needs in your grade level or subject.
DO branch out. Join a network of local teacher leaders in different buildings and districts to share ideas and learn about new opportunities.
DON’T underestimate yourself. Your ideas matter. Nervous about leading an initiative on your own? Ask another teacher to co-lead with you on a project.
DO create your own opportunities. What’s missing in your school, and are you the one for the job? Make commitments to projects that are a good fit for you
DON’T say yes to everything. Adding a responsibility will force you to take the focus off your teaching; don’t hesitate to say no.
For more ideas, download our free Leadership eBook. You can also check out our free webinar “Leadership and Professional Learning.” If you watch it for 45 minutes or more, you are eligible to receive a certificate for one hour of professional development credit from Concordia University-Portland.