It is said that every child is a reflection of his teacher. So at the very heart of learning lies a connection between students and teachers.
Here’s how great teachers inspire and challenge their students to think big and go further.
Through Ownership & Passion
Teachers with a high degree of ownership and passion for their students’ growth; the ones possessing leadership qualities, and the ability to envision the big picture for the school, pave way for a greater number of student leaders.
By Building A Bond
The learning journey of a student is built through a teacher forging a bond with the student, triggering the student’s hunger to learn, and guiding it the right kind of way. Thus, the school’s success lies in the involvement of the teacher and his ability to think out of the box.
Through Values & Vision
A great teacher with a vision, and one who believes in shaping and sharing that vision, combined with structure, time and skills, inspires students to not limit themselves or settle for mediocrity.
By Going Beyond The Classroom
A teacher needs to go beyond academic enrichment and connect with their pupil at multiple levels because the best teachers are committed to their students’ well-being both inside and outside of the classroom.
Through Being Involved
Teacher leaders around the globe have begun to emerge and promise real opportunities to students by impacting change. So our teachers should become members of leadership teams, instructional support teams and leaders of change efforts initiated by the school.
How Can You Become A Teacher Leader?
Schools benefit immensely from the involvement of teacher leaders. You can do this by getting involved in your own department or team, across the school, or beyond the school as a leader.
What Does Teacher Leadership Entail?
Teacher leadership provides some very powerful opportunities for students to advance themselves in their school careers. It has enormous influence on the daily lives of students across the school, strengthening positive school culture and inspiring effective student-led programs.
For example, many students here in Oakridge experience the most memorable activities of their school life through participating in the school events such as MUNs, being on the organising team of school mega-events such as TEDx or Oak IQ, or taking an advanced class that enables them to engage deeply beyond the academic content, all guided by teacher leaders.
Unique Initiatives such as ASK Talks has introduced professional insight through its innovative sessions aimed at bringing experts from various fields. Such a platform enables a student to aspire more, think big and build on skill sets, attitude, and knowledge beyond a classroom.
Ensuring that students have full access to such opportunities involves a collective effort, requiring discussion and consideration of alternatives. This is the work of teacher leadership.
And although administrators play an important facilitative role, teachers—who are closer to the action—frequently put forward important ideas and can assume a far more influential leadership role and challenge the quest of a student’s possibility to think big and go further.