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Leadership Styles for Teachers


What are some different leadership roles for teachers in classrooms?
Use the discussion tab at the top of this page to post your responses according to these instructions:

Purpose
The purpose of this discussion is to:
  • Introduce vocabulary for concepts to help you identify several different possible leadership styles.
  • Give you an opportunity to characterize your own leadership style in the classroom.
  • Consider the relationships among leadership style, purposes of education, and the implicit curriculum.

The implicit curriculum is what students learn in school that is not stated explicitly in the "official" curriculum. Examples of items in the implicit curriculum are how to stand in lines, how to fake attention during class, who the cool kids are and who the poor kids are, how to hide from or get attention from a teacher, how to regulate the volume and vocabulary of one's speech, how to get the best grades with the least work, and how to avoid getting teased and bullied by classmates.

Procedure
1. Choose an event from your teaching that is memorable for you and in which you had an interaction with a student.
2. Narrate that event in 3-5 sentences. Be sure to include descriptions of what you said and did and what the student said and did. You can include quotations. You can describe the context of the event.
3. Browse: Leadership styles. There are several different models of how to classify styles of leadership.
4. Use the vocabulary from one of those models to characterize your leadership style as it transpired in the event that you narrated. Write this in 3-5 sentences.
5. Provide 3-5 sentences of critical commentary on what you learned about your own leadership style in relationship to the purposes of education. How did your leadership style contribute to the implicit curriculum in this case? Was this event representative of your usual style? What other styles do you use? What leadership style would you like to cultivate in your teaching in order to be consistent with your own values about the purposes of education?

Product
A good discussion post will:
  • Provide sufficient detail about the event that readers can imagine what happened.
  • Use philosophical and leadership vocabulary to explain your leadership style.
  • Draw connections between leadership style, purposes of education, and the implicit curriculum.
  • Give evidence that you have learned something new about the connections among curriculum, teaching, and leadership styles.