Sometimes we come into a new position excited and positive but are stymied by a negative climate. Or perhaps that climate has developed over time in our current school. Here is some help to move you in the right direction.
In the face of overwhelming odds or critical failures, it's easy to lose sight of your aspirations, but the charismatic leaders we admire throughout history don't give in to that temptation. They work to overcome any challenge.
If you are experiencing doubt about your effectiveness or have had a setback, these stories of overcoming the odds to become a great leader will inspire you and perhaps give you the incentive to push on.
"Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!). In this guide you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. You can view the presentation here:
Danny Baker is very familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed, but he has found these specific actions help to conquer that.
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It happens to us all. We feel trapped by so many tasks that we don't know where to start or even get into a rut of not accomplishing anything. These tips will help get you feeling better about your work load and get you back on track.
Twenty Invaluable Tweets on Leadership Forbes This week I had the opportunity to attend my first Intuit Leadership Conference, a gathering of the top leaders across the 8000+ person public company that provides TurboTax, QuickBooks, Quicken, Mint...
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sometimes you need to inspire your team. Sometimes you need inspiration yourself. Here are some tweets by other leaders to help you.
Whether you’re selling a product, pitching an idea, or trying to get employees to do something different or do something in a different way, perspective-taking has become an essential element in moving others.
Over the last decade, social scientists like Adam Galinsky of Columbia University have deepened our understanding of perspective-taking. Their work yields three ways leaders can become more effective.
1. CHECK YOUR POWER. Galinsky and others have found that when people feel powerful, their perspective-taking abilities degrade. The more powerful we feel, the more we anchor in our own perspective rather than adjusting to another’s. And that can make others less likely to go along. But briefly reducing one’s feelings of power (“Maybe this employee I’m asking to do something needs our company much less than our company needs her.”) can increase the acuity of our perspective-taking, which in turn can make us more effective.
2. PERSPECTIVE-TAKING ISN’T TOUCHY-FEELY. Perspective-taking sounds a lot like empathy, but the two qualities are siblings, not identical twins. Empathy — the ability to understand another’s emotional state — is an essential human quality. But research has shown that, in commercial settings such as negotiations, understanding the other side’s thoughts and interests, not simply their emotions and feelings, can be more effective in forging a deal. So if you’re in a high-stakes leadership situation, definitely be emotionally intelligent. But use your head as much as your heart.
3. DON’T FORGET MIMICRY. Mimicking others’ posture, gesture, and expressions sounds like the sleazy tactics of a used car salesman. But ample research has shown that mimicry is a natural part of human behavior, an instinctive way we understand others. You can enhance your attunement skills, and thereby your leadership, simply by being conscious of how the other person is standing, moving, and talking and ever so slightly mirroring what they’re doing.
Principals say “instructional leadership” is important, but what does that mean? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham praises a new study that recorded how 100 principals spent their time during the school day. Principals averaged 12.6 percent of their time on activities related to instruction, including classroom walkthroughs (5.4 percent) and formal teacher evaluation (2.4 percent).
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of …
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we’d slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky. Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal. Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that’s almost exactly what we do.
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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers—mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be...
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Principals and assistant principals are key figures In school reform. They influence what happens in a school even more than teachers do. It is their vision and follow through that carries a school and it's students to reach higher goals.
There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Here are 10 important principles each leader ...
School administrators universally understand that to be successful, they must be "instructional leaders." This means attending to the professional growth and development of teachers so that teachers may, in turn, have a more significant impact on student learning outcomes.