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How to Choose Leaders in the Classroom

How to Choose Leaders in the Classroom

Identifying leadership traits in teachers is an essential part of the hiring process. You want teachers who will help to shape your school community into a positive place for children to learn and grow. When you’re looking to hire educators who are also leaders, here are some traits to pay attention to:

The ability to work around difficult situations

Sometimes issues come up at school: overcrowding limits resources, or you have to help cover for another teacher who suddenly went home sick. A teacher who’s a true leader will be able to adjust to these circumstances and continue to perform well, regardless of added pressure.

An interest in learning about each student’s unique preferences and differences

Not all students learn the same, and a child’s background can shape their classroom experience. Good teachers take the time to work with their students as individuals to ensure that they find success in the classroom. If a student is struggling, the teacher figures out the root of the problem and helps the child overcome the issue so that they can keep up with their classmates.

The desire to get parents involved in the learning experience

Ultimately, children learn best when parents are involved and aware of what’s going on in the classroom. This helps to ensure that there’s consistency between life at home and what’s happening in the classroom, which aids in the developmental process.

They get involved in the school community beyond the classroom

Educational leaders do more than teach and go home. They support their students outside of the classroom by coaching sports, attending school talent shows, and  chaperoning dances. When students see that their teachers care about the various activities they have going on beyond the classroom, the school community becomes tight-knit.

It can be hard to determine whether someone will be a leader in the classroom simply by reading their resume and a cover letter. For schools that don’t have the resources to pay to fly teachers out for an interview, video interviewing can be a powerful tool that enables school administrators to get a better sense of what this teacher is all about. By seeing how this person talks about their educational philosophies and expresses their passion for the field, it’s easier to identify whether this individual truly has the ability to lead and encourage students.

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Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.