Skills and Dispositions
Skills and dispositions are important in any line of work, but as a teacher leader there are set skills and dispositions that you need to have in order to be successful. These are skills and dispositions that teachers have, but are intensified in teachers that show leadership skills and want to become a teacher leader. Teacher leaders go above and beyond and possess skills and dispositions differently than a regular classroom teacher. Skills and dispositions together is what make up a person. As stated by Danielson stated in Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice, together, these two are the heart of what is meant by teacher leadership. The four skills that I felt were the most important to me are using evidence and data in decision making, recognizing opportunity and taking initiative, monitoring progress and adjusting the approach as conditions change, and marshaling resources and taking action. I narrowed my skills down to relationship building, collaboration, recognizing opportunities and taking initiative, and using evidence and data in decision-making. I gave myself a three on using evidence and data in decision-making. This is a skill that wasn’t developed on my own. My school has recently become a TAP school (Teacher and Student Advancement Program), this has made me look at data deeper and focus my lessons around that data. As I think back on my teaching style before TAP, I taught for the curriculum and now I teach for the student’s success. This has made me grow as a teacher and has made my students grow as learners. I also gave myself a three on monitoring progress and adjusting the approach as conditions change. This also grew, as our school became a TAP school. I think that these two skills go hand in hand. Through our TAP program we have learned that by using your students data and monitoring their growth you should monitor your lessons and change as needed. The skills that I gave myself a two on are recognizing opportunity and taking initiative and marshaling resources and taking action. I gave myself a two on recognizing opportunity and taking action because although I recognize things that are opportunities or things that need to be changed I am sometimes afraid to take the initiative. I want to work on this because I want to be the one to take initiative and take the reigns. I want my goal for this year to take more initiative and step up to the plate more. I also gave myself a two on marshaling resources and taking action. I found this as an important skill because teaching at a school that has a 98% poverty rate we lack a lot of resources and material that we need. As a teacher leader I should step up to the plate to find a way to provide these resources for our students. “Teacher leaders can do their homework, they can talk to colleagues, and they can conduct research, but they may have to simply commit to a course of action without fully knowing its consequences” (Danielson, 31). I haven’t ever been a teacher to solicit help from places, but this should be a goal for me. I want to do some research for some grants or places that will donate items to our school and students. I want our school to have the resources and supplies that they need to succeed and this can be done by me taken the lead trying to make a difference. Danielson defines dispositions in Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice, as an individuals approach to situations; when we think about a person, we recall less about a persons skills or even interest than we do about their traits such and optimism and energy (Danielson, 2006, p. 36). The four dispositions that I feel are most important are deep commitment to student learning, confidence and decisiveness, tolerance and ambiguity and willingness to work hard. I rated myself a 3 on commitment to student learning and willingness to work hard. As Danielson stated in Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice,...
References: Danielson, C. (2006). Teacher leadership that strengthens professional practice. Alexandria,
VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
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