Teachers can find themselves working in an environment of isolation. There are days that a teacher may not see another adult and this can be taxing on the teacher psyche. There are so many great effective teachers in our schools, but you would not know it unless you were in their classrooms. This is where we as teachers can empower ourselves as teacher leaders. Get out of the classroom and make an impact in our schools or even district, state or national level.
Do you show these attributes or know a teacher in your building that has these attributes? Teachers who exhibit leadership are good listeners, communicate well, experts in curriculum and instruction. They are competent in the classroom, credible among their peers and most of all approachable. These teachers are life-long learners, applying what they have learned in their classrooms. Most of all they model leadership in their classrooms and create strong relationships in the school and the community. If this is you, education needs you. I understand it may take up time, time is precious but so is ensuring all students get the opportunity to be successful.
How can you utilize teachers who show attributes of leadership? You can create professional learning communities within the school to allow these teachers to share their expertise in a casual setting. Reach out to those teachers and ask for their expertise to help you become a more effective teacher. It is imperative to use the resources we have. You would be amazed at how much you can learn from the other teachers in your building.