TAL Class of 2013. And so the journey continues…. Portfolio Overview. Portfolio Checklist. The Rubric. As participants build their portfolios they can always check the rubric to make sure they on track with what is required of them. Cover Sheet. Table of Contents. Introduction.
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TAL Class of 2013
And so the journey continues…
As participants build their portfolios they can always check the rubric to make sure they on track with what is required of them.
Table of Contents
Developing Personal and Classroom Direction
Personal Mission Statement
Classroom Mission Statement
Identifying and Developing a Personal Leadership Style
Culture, Climate, and Community
Designing and Leadership Change
Module 6 & 7
Leading From the Classroom
Entrance Leadership Essay
Exit Leadership Essay
Nuts n Bolts
I have submitted my flash drive with my completed project to the TAL Portfolio Coordinators.
Who would have thought that rat dendrites would make all the difference in the world?
I want to be compassionate,
steadfast, and dependable with an
enthusiasm for teaching.
If we get stagnant in our ways, we never see what we can do better. We should never change just to change, but we need to look at what is working and what we can improve upon.
I have 154 students and 154 opportunities each day to affect my student’s classroom experience for good.
My philosophy of teaching is to provide as many “aha” moments as possible and to help my students see that success is more than a letter or a number.
I need to be a better listener, and quicker to throw in the towel and chart a different course as needed. I am masterful at doing this when working with students, but not so with adults.
Most importantly, I have learned developing character and leadership habits is an essential skill. All teacher-leaders have the ability to create a positive impact on the culture of their school.
Thus my journey began…the leader inside of me now had the perfect environment to grow and emerge into a confident teacher and leader.
“Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, my friend, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.”
The real benefit of the DiSC assessment for me was the information it provided on how my personality profile relates with others.
Experiences provide an outlet through which teachers can change their knowledge and skill, and this was meaningful to me.
Leading doesn’t always have to be done in the forefront but can also be accomplished working side-by-side with peers. It can be through words of encouragement and gentle reminders.
I was reassured that its okay to focus on the things that I value and am best at, and say no to those things that would interfere.
While poor attitudes can inhibit the process of change, they can also be redirected in order to help support change.
Teachers should present lessons that promote student engagement, while embracing students’ diversity and parlaying opportunities into teachable moments. My motto is; if students can’t learn the way we teach, we need to teach the way they learn.
Humans often become set in their routines and become comfortable with their procedures. Successful leaders design programs to lead and inspire change.
“We’re from BB Harris School and we’re here to say, we’ve come to learn in a major way.
We’re gonna go inside and gain in knowledge, ‘cause every single one of us is going to college!”
Slowing down and taking the time to actually know more about someone will cause less problems in the future.
Leaders don’t need a loud voice and a strong hand to get people to follow.
Many of the teachers including myself had a small epiphany that although it may seem at times in education we stand alone, we realized how much we can rely on one another for support, guidance, and professional advice.
Through this program I have been able to fan the flames and embrace my passion for teaching with others who are like-minded.
For some time, I felt that in order to be a true leader I needed to be able to do almost anything with an exceptional degree of greatness—envisioning a leader with weaknesses or with non-talents seems unreal….such thinking has affected my ability to take risks and explore other opportunities beyond my comfort zone. Through this TAL experience, I am learning that leadership is definitely not about being perfect.
“Be willing to change the container to get the water to the students.”
My Epiphany: TAL has changed my way of thinking as an educator and as a professional
EVERYONE’S actions (verbal and nonverbal) affect the culture, climate and community within a school. We all need to work together to create a positive change.
"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." ~Jack Welch
I can now use what I know about myself to practice patience and warmth as I work with others who are not like me.
Helping students to learn how to be self-motivated and how to embrace 21st century skills may require a different approach to education for both the students and the teachers, but the results will undoubtedly benefit the work force and surrounding communities in the future.
Classroom leadership goes beyond the daily task of planning and teaching. Teachers must be actively involved in nurturing not only the educational needs of students but foster a love of school and community.
Lawrence Lezotte said that “You cannot improve a school from the outside. To improve a school, you must be an insider with the eyes of an outsider.”
Mike said that we need to say “No” to some good ideas in order to say “Yes” to some better ideas that align with our personal mission.
TAL makes teacher leaders for life!
I learned that my mission was my compass, my vision was a picture of the destination I wanted to get to, and my core values were the rule by which I would reach that destination.
It was so impressive to me that the top leaders in education would take time out to be with us and add to our experience in TAL. WOW!
Common Core: Needed and over due in education. It provides character, competence, rigor for all. Teacher leaders need to make a case for change, stitch together a strategy and form a unified approach.
You can motivate the younger generation by equipping them more than entertaining them
Rutherford’s capacity to develop teacher leaders is unmatched. Blending a unique combination of humor, practical materials, and superior oration skills, Rutherford makes what is seemingly perplexing, very fundamental.
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
John C. Maxwell
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell