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May 02, 2018 Wednesday 03:58:26 PM IST

Should the Leader Teach?

Leadership Instincts

The captain of the school- whether it is the principal or the manager/ administrator, should take classes once in a while, say experts. Teaching keeps school leaders connected to students and other teachers and lets them feel the effects of their own decisions.

Often the top leader will feel cut off from the rest of the system as they are not part of the most important affair that is taking place in every second- teaching. Studies prove that if the manager/ principal/ administrator takes classes once in a while, the benefits are many.

Walking the walk: 

Allowing administrators to remain, for at least one or two periods, in the classroom is a model many wish could be adopted more often. Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, assistant professor of education at Pepperdine University, sees many benefits in this model. “Administrators build their credibility as instructional leaders when they consistently demonstrate classroom expertise by modeling instructional practices, collaborating on curricular initiatives, and enacting the classroom culture they envision for the whole school,” she says.

Building school community: 

Administrators in the classroom can also openly engage in reflective processes by sharing moments of classroom success as well as challenges. Exhibiting this public vulnerability creates a culture of trust, values risk-taking, and most importantly, positions school leaders as learning partners.

Staying connected: 

A good number of administrators would admit that returning to teaching was not that difficult as they expected, taking in to consideration that they haven't been doing this exercise for past few years. This gives the leader the chance to implement his/ her own strategies. Can analyse the practical side of the strategies.

Recharging batteries: 

The administrators who tried teaching too, opine that it is a very relieving process. They feel refreshed after taking a class as it is so lively than the monotonous paperwork they do on daily basis. So, it can be considered as a battery recharging session.

(Indebted to various source)