When you think of teacher leadership, many things pop into mind. A mentor, someone in leadership roles on committees, someone with many years of experience– all of which are true. However, throughout this semester, I’ve quickly learned that it is much more, and is much more simply. Through blogging I have watched myself and my classmates transform into teacher leaders, and it’s all stemmed from our blogging platform. Teacher leaders identify issues in the classroom and systematically implement strategies to resolve these issues. These issues involve everything from academic to social to behavioral instances we see need attention.
All of us have identified something writing related in our classroom that we wanted to focus on. For myself, I chose making writing more meaningful, and I have worked on this by using multigenre writing. In a typical graduate course setting, I would have likely implemented this strategy and then typed up and turned in a few papers regarding my implementation, how the students received it, and likely my analysis of the whole thing. I would’ve gotten the instructors feedback and chosen whether or not to take the advice to heart, and that would likely be the end of it. However, blogging about the implementation of our strategies has opened up a whole new array of leadership possibilities. Blogging has allowed all of us to be teacher leaders by sharing our experiences with others. We are all implementing strategies different from one another. By writing about this process on a public platform, we have been able to share ideas, spark conversation, and have an influence on others beyond our own classrooms.
Sharing feedback with one another has allowed us to demonstrate leadership qualities by supporting our fellow educators all while supporting growth in our students, school, and district. We have a comprehensive collection of writing strategies that range from pre-K to high school, that likely could benefit any student with slight modification, and we have done so by sharing with honesty and humility. We have shared our successes and our shortcomings, both of which are important leadership qualities. Blogging has allowed us to seek and share feedback with each other and to have an inside view of the incredible things we have done with students through these short few months.
Blogging has allowed each of us to blossom further as teacher leaders by learning to share and support one another. It has allowed us to lead efforts to improve the writing in our schools and to share with one another and the general public our methodical approaches to engage our students in becoming the best writers they can possibly be.