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Balancing Your Teaching and Leadership Responsibilities

Congratulations! You have shown such competence that you been given a leadership role in your school. It is a great honor, but it is also a great responsibility, particularly if you are trying to balance your leadership duties with classroom teaching responsibilities. Thought it is difficult, it completely possible to balance both roles. Don't believe me? Check out these ways to balance teaching duties and leadership roles from teachers who have been in your shoes.
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Balancing Your Teaching and Leadership Responsibilities
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Though this article describes middle leaders in the UK – which would loosely translate to department heads or department deans in American schools – it thoroughly outlines the conflicts that can occur when taking on the role of both a teacher and a school leader simultaneously. This is a must read if you are considering accepting a teacher-leader position or have already accepted one.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    There is no substitute for hearing from those that are actually performing the roles of teacher leaders. This transcript of a live chat between 3 teacher-leaders is a solid discussion of the issues and opportunities that occur with role of a teacher-leader directly from those that are experiencing it on a day-to-day basis.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    The point of any leadership role is to provide positive outcomes for students. Are there any benefits to having teacher-leaders rather than leadership who do not have teaching roles as part of their day? If you want to see if you can provide a greater impact by taking on this role, this paper provides an in-depth look at school leaders and their impact on teacher effectiveness and school effectiveness.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    A presentation such as this one is perfect to watch on your own or even to present to your school. It gives a strong foundation of what chronic absence actually is, why it is such an impediment to student success, and the strategies you can use to decrease chronic absenteeism.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Advancing in your career - and your paycheck - often means moving into administration. In the past few year, teacher-leader roles have allowed teachers to perform both teaching and leadership roles in a workday. While it is great for teachers to have this opportunity to retain their teaching skills while adding leadership duties, is it possible to be effective at both? This article is a great start to decide if a teacher-leader position is right for you.
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BloomBoard Asks:What are some ways you balance your teaching responsibilities with your other school-related duties?