Friday, November 15, 2013

Teacher Leadership Challenge | November 15, 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 online and in person. 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 around 500 words or less. The aim is to get more teachers thinking globally about their classroom practice and their own connection to the wider education community. You can subscribe to this blog to get the weekly challenge sent 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 are some of the people or things that inspire you as an educator?

An academic event, with an athletic feel
An academic event, with an athletic feel
Whether it be a colleague in your building who is doing innovative work in their classroom, a student who shines brightly with potential and promise, our own family members and children, or an experience that left you wondering how you could strive for even more, inspiration is all around us. It comes in a variety of instances in our everyday lives and helps us to focus on what is great in the world. Inspiring people can remind us of something that we have taken for granted or simply help us to consider another point of view. Inspiring events may make us feel called to action, thought, or word, but they move us in some way nonetheless.

We might watch TED Talks in our classrooms, PLCs, or staff meetings to get us motivated and inspired. Some of the most poignant ideas shared on stage have been captured by TED Talks and shared around the world. Even sometimes the sheer act of courage it takes to share an idea with others can be inspiring, despite the content of the message. Everyone has an idea worth sharing--even kids.

As educators we work with a lot of young people, many of whom have been through some unique experiences or challenges in their lives. Watching young people grow into their potential or overcome obstacles in their lives can be one of the most inspiring aspects of teaching. So what or who inspires you as an educator? What events, people, or experiences have been a part of your career and impacted you in a meaningful way? How has that inspiration impacted you personally or in your career? Today's challenge is to identify inspiration in your life, call it out, point at it, and acknowledge its impact in your career and life.

Here is a daily boost of inspiration to get you started today. This video was made by a nine-year-old boy recently and posted on YouTube. It has received nearly 45K views in just a couple of weeks. It is a lip dub video of "What Does the Fox Say?" by Ylvis sung by Spongebob: