Teacher Leadership Challenge | September 13, 2013 10


Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 5.01.03 PMThis is a multipart series of posts intended to help teachers grow their leadership practice and ignite conversations about education. The goal of a teacher leader is to improve the learning of all students through their efforts, collaboration, and influence. The 2014 Teacher Leadership Challenge is a weekly installment activity that poses a prompt on an educational topic or issue. Your challenge is to respond within one week to the prompt via a post you publish to your blog. Responses to the prompt that you publish to your own blog should be no more than 500 words. The aim is to get teachers thinking more globally about their classroom practice and their connection to the wider education community. You can subscribe to this blog to get the weekly challenge sent to you automatically by email.

You can share your post to Twitter using #TLC2014 and spark conversation with educators. In addition to posting on your own blog, you can elect to include your post in the weekly collection showcase blog. To do this, simply email your completed response post to the showcase, at tlc2014.posts@blogger.com Make sure that you include the title of your post with the week of the prompt for proper tagging (e.g., “My Post Title | September 6, 2013″) in the subject line (without “re:”) of your email, and the full post laid out in paragraphs in the body of the email. Posts are automatically published from sending the email. You can embed images and URLs into the body of your email, and the post will publish while maintaining your formatting and layout. Check out others’ responses in the response collection or on Google+ each week, leave them your comments, and get the conversation rolling ahead for teacher leadership.

 

 

This Week’s Challenge:

What learning outcome(s) would make you feel most accomplished as an educator?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be an educated person? Have you ever questioned the overall goal of school, or even your own class? Student outcomes are often the focus of accountability and assessment; however, not all student outcomes are equally measured or valued. Some common considerations for learners include thoughts on the following:

  • How does content knowledge drive your instruction?
  • How do you balance depth of knowledge with breadth of coverage?
  • Where do skills play a role? Is creativity a part of your class?
  • What aspects of modern learning skills are incorporated into your classroom?
  • In what ways has learning to learn become a focus for your students?
  • How do assessments, high-stakes testing, and school accountability affect your goals for students?
  • What considerations do you make for personalizing or standardizing outcomes for every learner?

While these are only some of the possibilities for student outcomes, each teacher’s philosophy differs in what is important for students to know and be able to do. As you think about the ultimate goal of your classroom, your instruction, and your students, how do you decide what makes you feel most accomplished? For a start, you could consider completing the statement:

“I would feel most accomplished as an educator, if my students could __________.”

 

 

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Gary is an influential teacher leader with extensive experience educating students at the high school and university level. He is a regular conference presenter, education speaker, and leader of staff development for educators. His classroom practice embraces a collaborative environment centered on constructivist teaching, project-based learning, classroom branding, Modeling Instruction, standards-based grading, and mobile device technologies.

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Gary is an influential teacher leader with extensive experience educating students at the high school and university level. He is a regular conference presenter, education speaker, and leader of staff development for educators. His classroom practice embraces a collaborative environment centered on constructivist teaching, project-based learning, classroom branding, Modeling Instruction, standards-based grading, and mobile device technologies.


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10 thoughts on “Teacher Leadership Challenge | September 13, 2013

  • Molly

    I would feel most accomplished as an educator if my students could analyze, evaluate and synthesize the material that I’ve presented to them and be able to apply it to their lives in some way – make those important connections between what we’re doing/discussing and the real world.

  • Brytnei

    I would feel most accomplished as an educator, if my 1st grade students could transfer their verbal responses to written responses in a sequential, logical and thorough explanation of their reasoning.

  • Kila Bach (@kilaki23)

    I would feel most accomplished as an educator, if my students could take what I teach them with writing and grammar and transfer those skills to real world situations. Struggle is part of the process of learning. I teach them the why- why they need to know grammar, sentence structure, or even how to structure a letter. I want them to be confident and self motivated learners. I want them to know how to take what we do in our classroom and transfer it to their future jobs, collage essays, or even their twitter posts.

  • Kirsten Wilson

    I would feel most accomplished if my students could articulate what they are passionate about, have a plan/goal(s) to work toward making those passions their avocation as well as their vocation and being able to see how they can take their passions to make their world a better place.

  • Scott Hills

    I want my students to look at something they don’t understand as a chance at self-improvement and growth. I want my students to accept that there are many ways to look at a problem, and many ways to solve a problem and that they are all valid. In fact, by looking at the other ways a problem can be solved are valuable as they show us how other people think and reveal other successful thought patterns. I want my students to understand that trying and getting stuck is just the first step in coming to understand and learn something new.

  • Ardis Herrold

    …If my students had re-developed the curiosity of their early youth, and acquired a mental toolkit that afforded them the ability to work through new problems and challenges with persistence.

  • Luke Francis

    In the end, I want my students to be confident that they can learn anything. I want them to be brave courageous souls who are not afraid of their ideas. People who are willing to test those very ideas in the public market place, looking only to see the validity or lack thereof. I want my students to understand that failure is but one of many routes to success. In order to do this, I have to create an environment that allows my students to feel like they are not learning, not getting an education, but rather are breaking new ground, exploring and discovering, going so far beyond just getting an education that they honestly believe, as I do, that they are visionaries who will rock this world. Each day needs to be, must be an inspirational event!