Teaching and Leading Philosophy
Leadership in education is a crucial aspect in determining the learning outcome of students. Quality of instruction in the classroom depends on teacher training, personal efficacy, and the relationship between the teacher and students. Teachers play a significant role in shaping the attitude of learners and climate in the classroom, enabling them to achieve their maximum potential. Instructional leadership enables educators to prioritize effective pedagogical methods that facilitate comprehension of concepts. Education leaders should focus on reflective practices, personal, and interpersonal efficiency that enables them to understand their strengths while relating to others, hence encouraging thoughtful consideration when interacting with students and staff.
Education is a crucial aspect of economic development that facilitates investment in human capital. The acquired knowledge enriches understanding of the world, hence improving people’s life quality while enabling them to benefit society. Education raises the creativity and productivity of people through technological advancement and entrepreneurship. In contemporary digital transformation, digital literacy and data literacy are as crucial as mental and physical health. Education plays a crucial role in developing skills, attitudes, knowledge, and values that enable people to benefit from a sustainable and inclusive future. People learn to make purposeful and clear goals while tapping into opportunities that solve global challenges (Thompson, 2015). I believe that personalized learning environments motivate and support learners to nurture their passions while connecting opportunities with various learning experiences.
In the current world, education eliminates ignorance while empowering people to identify their rights. It plays a crucial vital role in securing people’s social and economic progress by enhancing the distribution of income. Educated people reduce their chances of economic disparity by using available resources to reduce poverty levels. The present technology and science age enable people to identify creative methods of solving prevailing challenges, hence making the world an enjoyable and habitable place (Johnson, 2017). Without education, people lack the skills knowledge that they need for work, hence failing to identify pillars of socio-economic development. I believe that when people are self-reliant, they highly benefit the country and the global society. Moreover, educated people develop a new mindset that enables them to find solutions to the current social and economic problems. Teacher leadership may be manifested through instructional leadership that prioritizes efficient teaching practices like leveraging technology to enhance students’ creative and cognitive development. Transformational leaders in the classroom trigger intellectual stimulation in the classroom, hence encouraging students to explore innovative ways of solving problems around them. Individualized pedagogical strategies offer encouragement and support to learners to nurture supportive relationships. This encourages students to share ideas as leaders offer guidance and direction as they serve as role models that followers respect and trust.
A skilled educator can make a vast difference in the lives of students. Teachers with leadership skills can make more significant impacts on the development and growth of students. I believe that an educator that can translate classroom practices into a shared vision among students can highly benefit learners beyond the classroom environment. The strength of a school leader and the teacher’s quality in the classroom motivates students to identify their goals and passions (Johnson, 2017). Transformational teachers connect with their students as they search for purpose and meaning in their lives through personal experiences while connecting them with the curriculum. Such educators always transform their students’ understanding by motivating them to identify their challenges and future life possibilities. I believe that teacher leaders encourage their learners to think beyond their present situation by developing lifelong goals.
Teachers should infuse personal dimensions with academic learning to enrich the entire learning process. Learning is a moral activity that should engage the students in having a deeper understanding of their purpose in life by identifying ways in which they contribute to society and humanity. An effective teacher leader promotes critical, creative, and high order thinking that facilitates deep understanding and engagement of students (Thompson, 2015). I believe that contemporary education should focus more on equipping learners with skills that enable them to solve emerging global challenges. As a result, teachers should adopt a differentiated and inclusive curriculum that meets the diverse needs of society and learners. Moreover, it should foster transformative learning by developing learners’ resilience by enabling them to develop emotional literacy and social competencies that facilitate self-regulation and optimistic thinking.
Teacher leadership refers to the skills manifested by educators while influencing learners to excel beyond the classroom. Educators serve as mentors and student motivators. While learners have the innate desire to learn, teachers provide external support like incentives and reward that has a significant impact on learning. Effective leadership is manifested through competent teaching and assessment methods, maintaining class discipline, and professional relationships and collaboration with students, colleagues, and the administration. This is characterized through reflective practices that encourage thoughtful consideration when interacting with other staff members, learners, and the administration. Personal and interpersonal effectiveness facilitates understanding of inner strengths, weaknesses, and passion, hence capitalizing on these attributes when seeking opportunities and building work relationships based on shared goals of serving the needs of learners (Brandman University, 2019). I believe that communication is one of the greatest attributes of effective leadership as it entails the careful constructing of messages that facilitate positive change and development of others.
Collaboration amongst teachers and other professionals plays a big role in helping them realize their learning goals by attaining the various set assessment needs. By collaborating within other industry professionals, the teacher can learn ways in which the learners can attain their assessment needs. The administrators can also help by sponsoring the teacher’s attendance of various seminars and courses that are relevant to their fields. As such the teacher is also able to attain their professional goals and becomes a role model for the students. As a role model, the teachers ought to pursue their respective goals in life. As such the students are able to model their behavior based on the teacher’s personal life.
I have always wanted to make a difference in society through the young generation. I resolved to pursue a career in education so that I could help students identify their potential enough and achieve more in life. Every child has the right to receive the best education, and that is why I aspire to become a highly competent teacher because I will be handling the future of my students. The traditional teaching methods and assessments do not depict the real potential of students. I am highly open-minded, and I anticipate contributing to reforms and policies that will transform the education sector into incorporating pedagogical tools that enhance the development of cognitive and creative skills. I will focus on emphasizing mastery of complicated concepts that will help students find creative solutions to prevailing global challenges. I am patient, committed, honest, and reliable, which enables me to focus on the needs of my learners while identifying the best possible methods of ensuring they reach their maximum potential. Moreover, I am highly moral attentive, and this will enable me to concentrate on motivating my students to grow in sensitivity and respect others’ views to reduce social injustice.
Teachers create an environment that supports learning by enabling learners to identify their interests and choices. Education plays a crucial role in providing a real solution to life problems by eliminating ignorance. Students gain valuable attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to a sustainable future. As a result, the teacher needs to infuse dimensions that enrich the learning process by adopting a holistic curriculum that meets society’s various needs. Teacher leaders influence students to achieve their goals by facilitating the development and growth of creative and cognitive skills. Moreover, effective leadership in schools fosters disciple and professional collaboration among all stakeholders in the school. I want to be an educator that makes a difference in society by motivating learners to pursue their dreams and achieve academic excellence. Motivated by my patience, commitment, and open-mindedness, I anticipate to contribute to policies that will transform the education sector.
Brandman University (2019, Nov. 15). Teacher leadership: Ways to make an impact in Education. Brandman University. Retrieved June 28, 2020 from https://www.brandman.edu/news-and-events/blog/teacher-leadership
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