Friday, September 6, 2013

Teacher Leadership Challenge | September 6, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 5.01.03 PMThis is the first post in a multipart series that is intended to help teachers grow their leadership practice and ignite conversations about education. The goal of a teacher leader is to improve the learning of all students through their efforts, collaboration, and influence. The 2014 Teacher Leadership Challenge is a weekly installment activity that poses a prompt on an educational topic or issue. Your challenge is torespond within one week to the prompt via a post you publish to your blog. Responses to the prompt that you publish to your own blog should be no more than 500 words. The aim is to get teachers thinking more globally about their classroom practice and their connection to the wider education community.

You can share your post to Twitter using #TLC2014 and spark conversation with educators. In addition to posting on your own blog, you can elect to include your post in the weekly collection showcase blog. To do this, simply email your completed response post to the showcase bot, at Make sure that you include the title of your post with the week of the prompt for proper tagging (e.g., "My Post Title | September 6, 2013″) in the subject line (without "re:") of your email, and the full post laid out in paragraphs in the body of the email. You can embed images and URLS into the body of your email, and the post will publish maintaining that formatting and layout. Check out others' responses in the response collection or on Google+ each week, leave them your comments, and get the conversation rolling ahead for teacher leadership.

This Week's Challenge:

Who is 'the learner' and who is 'the teacher?'

Classically, learners are distinguished from teachers by many individuals. While they both inhabit a common learning space, teachers and learners are even considered by some to be mutually exclusive roles. What do you consider to be the qualities and characteristics of a learner or a teacher? How do those qualities or characteristics define the role of learner or teacher? To what extent are these two roles, actually, separate? Have 'the learner' or 'the teacher' changed over the years? Are there other factors that influence the designation of an individual as a teacher or a learner? What implications might there be for how we define the learner and teacher in the education landscape?