Friday, September 13, 2013

Teacher Leadership Challenge | September 13, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-08-31 at 5.01.03 PMThis is a multipart series of posts 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 to respond 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 subscribe to this blog to get the weekly challenge sent to you automatically by email.

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, 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. Posts are automatically published from sending the email. You can embed images and URLs into the body of your email, and the post will publish while maintaining your 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:

What learning outcome(s) would make you feel most accomplished as an educator?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be an educated person? Have you ever questioned the overall goal of school, or even your own class? Student outcomes are often the focus of accountability and assessment; however, not all student outcomes are equally measured or valued. Some common considerations for learners include thoughts on the following:
  • How does content knowledge drive your instruction?
  • How do you balance depth of knowledge with breadth of coverage?
  • Where do skills play a role? Is creativity a part of your class?
  • What aspects of modern learning skills are incorporated into your classroom?
  • In what ways has learning to learn become a focus for your students?
  • How do assessments, high-stakes testing, and school accountability affect your goals for students?
  • What considerations do you make for personalizing or standardizing outcomes for every learner?
While these are only some of the possibilities for student outcomes, each teacher's philosophy differs in what is important for students to know and be able to do. As you think about the ultimate goal of your classroom, your instruction, and your students, how do you decide what makes you feel most accomplished? For a start, you could consider completing the statement:

"I would feel most accomplished as an educator, if the students could __________."