Below is a list of some of the leadership skills every teacher must have to be a successful educator.
Have you ever walked into a classroom and quickly realized the students are running the show? They may be talking loudly and carrying on as if they didn’t respect the teacher one bit. One would think it must be tough to learn in this environment. Plus, you have to feel a bit sorry for the educator. They probably spent most of their life wanting to become a teacher, and now that they are, the kids are walking all over them. Perhaps, it is time to learn some leadership skills.
Capability to Keep Students’ Attention
There are quite a few teachers out there in classrooms across the globe that have a certain problem. They have a difficult time not only making their lessons interesting enough to keep the students involved, but also have the leadership skills that can help them to communicate well and keep the kids on their toes.
Education cannot just be informative, but it must also be entertaining as well. We have all had teachers that were as dry as dust. With these instructors, there is not much excitement or learning going on. A teacher with strong leadership skills ordinarily has charisma oozing out of every pore. He has the ability to keep everyone’s attention at almost all times. Consider working on your presentation skills if you are an educator that just cannot seem to get the students excited.
Ability to Discipline
How to discipline students correctly is not often talked about much in college Education courses. However, it is a course they should consider adding sometime soon. The inability to discipline properly is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership skills.
There are several ways you can approach discipline in the classroom. You can have behavior charts in place with consequences clearly listed. Many of the veteran educators merely place a student’s name on the board when the kid is messing around. This usually means they have a detention or is going to miss recess. Still, there are other educators that have leadership skills which enable them to shout at and lecture students if they misbehave.
The key is to learn leadership skills that works best for you and be consistent with your discipline. And if the student gets too out of control, send them down to the office and let an administrator deal with them.
Remember to Reward the Ones that Are Doing Well
Leading a classroom full of students is a tricky job. Sometimes you are trying so much to keep the students from falling behind that you ignore the ones that are achieving at a high level.
Giving them praise and a reward here and there would go a long way in making sure they keep up their hard work. The rewards don’t have to be extravagant at all. With younger students, it could be as simple as giving them a sticker or a pencil. With older students, giving them recognition for the quality of their work seems to be good enough.
Establish Relationships with the Parents
As a parent and an educator, I have seen teachers that fail to connect with the parents of their students. It is like they are only used to being around kids all day and forget how to properly socialize with adults.
How many times have you seen a “Welcome Back to School Night” or been involved in parent-teacher conferences and it appears that the parents do all the talking.
Leadership means that the educator should be in charge even when speaking with the parents. Instead of hiding behind your desk to avoid social interaction with parents that you may think are a bit frightening, put yourself out there a bit and strike up a conversation with them. It will come in handy if you have to reach out to them later on in the school year.
Once in a while, a student needs is a little motivating to do their best work. Kids can be lazy, and they may take it to extremes now and then, but a bit of motivation goes a long way. Think of the all-time great athletic coaches. They are always noted for their inspiring speeches to get their team fired up.
Your students are your team that you have to continue urging to do their best. Once they continuously produce quality work, it will become second nature to them and they will require less extrinsic motivation because their intrinsic motivation will have been activated.