THE TEST OF TRUE LEADERSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS
When teaching is inspirational, that is, teachers love what they do and understand the subject inside and out as well as having a good understanding of the students learning approaches, remarkable learning can be achieved. Both teaching and learning the research finds go hand in hand.
Teachers who engage the students in a way that inspires them to learn, both the teachers and the students benefit from the experience. When a teacher understands what he or she is doing, realizes the value of the experience, and loves likes it, hardly anything that can hinder the process will prevail. Not that there aren’t situations and circumstances that may interfere with the process, but when the elements of meaning, love, value, and engagement are present teaching and learning can be a wonderful thrill.
Well, that being said, we have the dulling effects of board policy, safety regimes, collective agreements, teacher preparation and the changing demographics of students the bring singular and collective challenges to the mix. Even now, with the fallout of unrest in the Middle East and the displacement of school age children, the art of teaching becomes more challenging. That can often be a bridge too far for teachers and students. Teachers need to be supported in ways that we did not anticipate and perhaps did not budget for. Here is where true leadership is tested.