Teachers as changemakers: Do our students envision us as one?

As you work towards understanding the new normal better, find out how you can transform your classrooms and the world outside by thinking and acting like leader-changemakers! 

Learner | Researcher | Curriculum & Pedagogy Specialist | Classroom Manager | Mentor | Changemaker 

This is US! Every educator’s versatile skill-set keeps expanding as and when challenges arise. In addition, every educator is constantly setting an example by being the role model of values they want to imbibe in their students. For instance, the quick adaptability to technology for not compromising on student learning during COVID! Now, the challenge is bigger and we got to ask ourselves: are we ready to be teacher leaders? 

As a part of Highr’s big 4 of Quality Teaching, this webinar focused on Practising Professionalism and why your rapidly changing classrooms require you to take on the role of a leader-changemaker. This may well be an opportunity of a lifetime to grow as an individual and contribute to your community! 

Building a culture of leadership

Let’s begin with this reflection above: Think about that one lesson, one question that challenged you in the classroom, that opportunity to teach our students something beyond the lines of their textbooks! But also, think about what stops you: who is making the decisions that impact your classrooms? Are you making the decisions? If not, are the decision-makers truly equipped to understand the current classroom needs? And if so, are they open to changing what students learn and how they learn? 

We are all educational influencers!

Teacher Tribe, we are the educational influencers in this new era! We learn, adapt and grow together to navigate never-seen-before territories. We accept feedback and constantly reflect on our weaknesses. Most importantly, we are also responsible to help our learners challenge their belief systems as they grow and expose themselves to the world! 

Characteristics of an educational influencer

School leaders, take note: Understanding the importance and respecting the challenges your faculty is facing is something school leaders must practice in order to have a healthier understanding of what is working in the classrooms and what is not. 

Curriculum is your tool, not your master!

With everything evolving so rapidly around us, the leaders and decision-makers must sit down to have an open conversation about discarding old education systems and strategies to pave the way for collaborative and connected learning. We, as educators, may not fully enjoy what we teach. But, we definitely can tap the flexibility of how we teach! 

This HOW is crucial to us becoming leaders and making our students envision us as the changemakers! This is where we bring ourselves in our classrooms: one, build trust and believe that you can be vulnerable with your students; two, engage beyond the curriculum with what’s happening around them. We are our students’ first exposure to knowledge and leadership, let’s be responsible! 

Here’s a toolkit to support you with the HOW of teacher leadership.

Do YOU envision yourself as a leader? 

Let’s take a moment to go back to old times and reflect our WHY of becoming a teacher? Are you there, yet? 

As good leaders often do, we have and should continue to recalibrate our practices to become changemakers in the 3Ps of leadership, personal, peer and professional.

3Ps of becoming leader-changemakers

With our colleagues and peers at and beyond school, engage in a ‘critical friends practice’ to critique and expand the horizons of classroom instruction. Join a larger professional community to broaden our perspectives of impactful teaching! Find your teacher tribes on different mediums and engage with purposeful dialogue. 

Lastly, our level of self-awareness, confidence, and commitment to improve is what truly sets us apart as a leader! 

Begin with these 7 questions of self-development leading to professional growth!

Everyday, our learners are being exposed to harsh realities of the world through news channels, social mediums, family groups, etc. So, we teach them the curriculum so they can grow and strive to make sense of this world. The question to ask ourselves is: are we there for our students as impartial leaders? 

Here’s some inspiration to enhance your leadership journey: https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?language=en

Watch the full webinar here: 

Teachers as Changemakers: Leadership Skills at School

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