A leader must know and understand their core values such as, authenticity, passion, service, humor, growth and learning. Successful leaders are genuine and make it safe for followers to speak-up. They make decisions for the common good, communicate expectations, challenge their teams, are accountable, lead by example, reward and provide continuous feedback. I truly believe that successful leadership can be seen through their followers who see and communicate the same vision. Leadership is about being versatile and being flexible enough to be both extroverted and introverted when situation calls for it.
It stresses that leaders be attentive to the concerns of the people following them, be empathetic and nurturing toward them. Servant leader have a commitment to their people and to the growth of their followers. Servant leadership also focuses on community and bringing together their people as a community in a safe environment that promotes connectedness. As a special education teacher, I often relate to being a servant leader because I am always trying to put my students first. I am nurturing towards them, comfort them, and provide a safe place.
There are many definitions of teacher and many understandings of what the role of an educator is. To me a professional educator is someone who facilitates in the expansive process of education and exploration within the individual. This facilitation, or mentoring, benefits not just the individual but also benefits of the community by creating trenchant minds that challenge the world they live in to be a better place for those that come after. A professional educator must bring their passion and creativity into the classroom everyday and be enthusiastic about educations, and inspire their students to take and active and interested role in their own learning. But above all it is through critically reflecting on their practice, and modifying their practice, based on their own observations and contemporary research that a professional educator can promote the values of democracy and bring justice into their classrooms by identifying, and meeting the needs, of all who come through their doors.
Gaining knowledge about the world and about oneself comes from living life through successes and failures. These events cannot be duplicated, which is why experience serves as so influential in regards to a person’s development. Intelligence can be acquired from books, studies and school, but if a person solely relies on this, they will feel a void in their life. Successful people are well rounded and this is why many colleges and schools focus on teaching lessons through actual experiences, instead of books and lectures. Life is about living and people should realize this.
My grandpa proved that this certainly was not the case. He was one of the smartest men I have ever known and although his job may not have appeared to be of any great importance, he proved that he could acc... ... middle of paper ... ... from experience and the teacher is only a guide or a supervisor of their learning. I prefer progressivism over any other philosophy because education should be geared more towards the needs and interests of the students. My overall teaching philosophy is to be a good role model for the students, to teach them that everybody is unique, and that they are all of equal importance. Teaching may not be the best paying profession, but I feel that if do my best, I can achieve great things.
I understand why an effective teacher must be a resourceful curriculum planner. I also realize the importance of being supportive to my students, other teachers, and my school. I want to have a positive influence in all aspects of the teaching profession. The goal of educa... ... middle of paper ... ...’t have all the answers. An effective teacher must be knowledgeable and able to find and use resources in planning lessons to meet the curriculum.
Collaborating with the wider community extends an educators band of opportunities to greater develop their students in a style which is individually suiting. The focus of this reflection article is the importance of collaboration within the educational community and the positive outcomes that can be achieved from doing so. This will be supported by texts and journal articles. From the time a child is born, it is a parent’s duty not only to feed, care and nurture their child, but to also support their emotional, social, physical, financial and psychological needs. As a teacher, our role is quite similar.
I. Importance of Feedback Feedback should be communicated in language that is understandable for the learner, have a genuine purpose, and be significant for the individual needs of each student. Through feedback, teachers can provide the students with suggestions for development, learning strategies, and corrections for errors. The importance of constructive feedback allows for many positive opportunities. One important element is that feedback provides a foundation for positive student and teacher relationships.
Part of a well-rounded education also includes evoking positive interactions between people of different backgrounds. I believe that a teacher who strives to accomplish these goals has done more than fulfilled their job requirements. They have become a hero.
Leadership to me is not a skill that can be learned but is innate. My personal definition of leadership is someone that has the natural ability to be a true leader and doesn’t acquire learning leadership skills. I believe a leader has the influence and ability to inspire others to pursue the leader’s vision to the degree that it becomes a shared effort, a shared vision, and a shared success. Consequently, effective leadership is a trait you are born with. To a certain extent, I consider leaders are born with the desire to lead exceptionally well and the ability to be open to learning from their mistakes and predominantly to learn from other individuals they are trying to lead.