Demonstrating Leadership in the Classroom

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pic2The notion of teacher leadership is not new, but it certainly has transformed in the recent times. In the past, teacher leadership roles have had limited scope and established at the prerogative of the administrators. In these roles teachers have often served as representatives rather than leaders. Today this has changed.

Leadership roles are promising real opportunities for teachers to impact change without necessarily leaving the classroom. Teachers now are also fulfilling multiple roles that of research , advisor/ mentors to new teachers, and facilitating professional development activities.

Craig Kemp, Head of K-12 Educational Technology, Stamford American School advocates listening and being super encouraging to students in order to instill leadership in them. In this post Kemp shares his tips on demonstrating leadership in the classroom.

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Teachers are leaders.

They are leaders in their field, they are leaders in their community and most importantly they are leaders in the classroom.

As educators, we are role models every day for the students that we teach. This alone, is the single most important way that we demonstrate leadership in the classroom. But, in what other ways do teachers demonstrate leadership in the classroom?pic3

Today I want to share the ways that I demonstrate leadership in the classroom. Not necessarily the best ways or a list of ‘must do’s’ but a practical list from an average, everyday classroom teacher.


As a classroom teacher I demonstrate leadership in the following ways:

  1. I make it clear from day one that the classroom is ‘ours’ and not ‘mine’. Ownership of learning space is one of the most important aspects of developing a rapport with students. We are all leaders in this space and we are all learners
  2. I am an advocate for the students! I support them and I give them a voice!
  3. I listen! (One of the most important qualities of a GREAT leader)
  4. I encourage them. I am a box of positivity – I tell them they are great and they believe it! I encourage them to go above and beyond expectations; I demonstrate this by stepping outside my comfort zone and taking risks in my learning
  5. I demonstrate a 24 hour learning environment. I show them that learning never stops and to make the most of all opportunities (I share my stories of twitter and my blog)
  6. I ask for feedback – a great leader seeks feedback from their ‘crew’. I ask for opinions, and provide opportunities to share – I get students to evaluate me (click here to read more about my experience)
  7. I encourage questioning! Questioning allows the curious mind to flourish (click here to read more about how I teach questioning)
  8. I model mistakes and let the students know that mistakes happen and that is how we learn. I teach them how to bounce back
  9. I encourage students to make a difference. I currently teach students who come from a privileged background and we aim to make a difference in someone else’s life with all learning that we do

As a teacher, I am a leader and so are you! We make a difference every day and the actions that we model make a huge difference in our student’s future. Be a leader, be a role model and most importantly, be yourself.

For more about leadership development in students click here.

Kemp will be joining us at EduTECH Asia 2017 and will be speaking on Change Management. He will also be conducting a 2 hours hands on session on the topic.

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