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Magazine Issue 4: Leadership
October 2010

This month: Thoughts about Leadership

Article: Leadership
New Resources
Mike's Books
Additional Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

Leadership

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Leadership An Article exploring educational leadership.

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Leadership, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Leadership
Who's the Leader?

His team took a few minutes deciding exactly how to tackle the task. The members then set off to their various jobs. Time passed, the deadline loomed. He began to feel uneasy. Not enough was happening; they'd missed the point. They weren't doing what they were supposed to. He called out, "We need a meeting. It's not working". Everyone came back and sat down for a review.

He's four and his teacher is somewhere else in the room. I love visiting classes like this. The distinction between teacher and learner is blurred. The leadership of learning belongs to the children. They learn the skills and attitudes of successful groupwork and for learning independence. And they have the freedom and environment to try them out. This is no easy option for a teacher though. Keeping tight control throughout the day is safe and by-and-large easy. We can guarantee curriculum coverage and basic skills. Letting go is risky. It's unknown territory: How will they react? How much control can I give them? What about behaviour? Will they learn? What about tests and exams? The good news is that children can and will respond positively to greater independence and classroom autonomy. The other good news is that it's easier than you might think to pull it of. And it begins with looking again at Leadership:

Leading is...

Leadership comprises many attitudes, skills and qualities and generates whole libraries on how to do it. Numerous 'leaders' are happy to share their secrets of success and 7 step programmes. Their ideas are often practical and inspiring and usually developed in their particular industry - sport, finance, politics etc. If you look closely, common themes emerge - trust, inspiration, confidence, emotional intelligence. But there's real power in applying one industry's leadership in a completely different one: how can political leadership give new insights in school? What has educational leadership to offer the world of sport?

Direct and Indirect

Do leaders tell or suggest, dictate or facilitate? Do they bark instructions from the top of an organisation or nudge carefully from the ranks? Do they have a fixed or flexible style? Are they born or made? According to Howard Gardner, direct leaders have the official title and lead from the place where the buck stops. However he also values indirect leadership - stepping forward to take a risk; try out something new; take the initiative - from anywhere within an organisation. Using this idea of leadership a headteacher, an NQT, a pupil, a parent and a site manager all have diverse yet valuable leadership roles.

Leading Learning

In their 2004 research J&J Blase questioned over 800 teachers about their school leaders. They chose to analyse the results across 3 areas, areas which summarise quiet nicely the breadth and depth of expectation of a principal/headteacher: 1. Supporting reflective practice, 2. Using good mentoring techniques and 3. Encouraging coaching and collegial investigation to deepen whole school staff understanding of the learning process Dr Tom Hoerr, principal at New City School in St Louis, writes extensively on school leadership. His style exemplifies the 3rd point above and he draws a clear distinction between collegiality (professionals teaching each other, learning together), collaboration (working on the same project together) and cooperation (getting along just fine in the same room). The teacher-as-learner approach to school leadership is embedded in many UK schools, not least Bradford Academy where CPD is arranged around research-based collegiality. The principal and leadership team have created a professional learning community where teachers are learners and learners teachers.

New Resources:

STAMP Thinking

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STAMP Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a memorable template for quickly assessing evidence, opinion and reports.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint

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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template providing Powerpoint slides for easily setting up STAMP activities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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This month we have the fourth instalment of 190 Ways to Start a Lesson. 
Starters 71 to 90 are Outdoor starters that can be adapted to different ages and different subjects. Next time 91-118 Thinking Skills Starters.

(May 14: The Ebook is no longer available in parts)

190 Ways To Start A Lesson

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190 Ways To Start A Lesson An EBook featuring over 190 diverse ways to begin a lesson. Arranged into 10 sections you'll find a host of simple methods for engaging pupils with their thinking and learning.

Categories: Book & EBook, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Lesson Starters
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Mike's Books:

A generic model co-authored with Dr Branton Shearer for enriching life, work, learning and leadership.

Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers
by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer

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Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers <br> by Mike Fleetham & Branton Shearer A Book, Creating Extra-Ordinary Teachers: Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom and Beyond, that was co-authored by Dr Branton Shearer. It demonstrates how to use MI to enrich teaching and leadership, and how to inspire others to do the same. It'll give you a useful edge in your role as coach or innovative teacher. Includes a free online MI profile and development activities.

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Categories: Book & EBook, Leadership, Educators

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Additional Resources:

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More Leadership resources.

Changing Minds Summary

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Changing Minds Summary A Thinking Summary of Howard Gardner's influential and practical exploration of how you can get the same message across to different people with different expectations.

Categories: Thinking Summary, Leadership, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Leadership Gardner
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Unrational Leadership Summary

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Unrational Leadership Summary A Thinking Summary of Charlie Fleetham's (no relation) refreshing Unrational Leadership concept. 

Categories: Thinking Summary, Leadership, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Leadership
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Speed of Trust Summary

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Speed of Trust Summary A Thinking Summary of Stephen MR Covey's Speed of Trust in which he examines the nature of trust and builds a model that leaders can easily enact.

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Categories: Thinking Summary, Leadership, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Leadership Trust

Hit The Ground Kneeling Summary

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Hit The Ground Kneeling Summary A Thinking Summary of Bishop Stephen Cottrell's very short and very useful book on the essence of effective leadership.

Categories: Thinking Summary, Leadership, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Leadership
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Updated Smart Thinking Skills Tools:

3 more from 2004.

Apollo Thinking

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Apollo Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that uses the concept of time-limited problem solving with limited resources to stimulate creative thinking. Inspired by the Apollo 13 mission.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, DT, Science, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Problem Solving Space
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ORANGE Thinking

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ORANGE Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a framework for constructive, creative problem solving.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, PSHE, Secondary

Tags: Conflict Problem Solving
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Star Thinking

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Star Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool using a star graphic to prompt thinking inspired by Bloom's Taxonomy.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Enquiry Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, RE & Philosophy, Junior

Tags: Christmas Bloom's Taxonomy
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Books:

The Art of School Leadership
by Thomas Hoerr

The Art of School Leadership<br>by Thomas Hoerr Dr Thomas Hoerr's recipe for school leadership success - collegial leadership at its best at New City School, St Louis.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Leadership

Tags: US Collegiality New City School

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People's Minds
by Howard Gardner

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other Peoples Minds <br>by Howard Gardner Prof. Howard Gardner's research set in an ethical, practical and accessible model. Learn how to lead others by giving them opportunities to change their minds.  

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Leadership, Research, Psychology

Tags: Leadership Style

Websites:

Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles Thorough summaries of leadership styles, attributes and things to watch out for!

changingminds.org/disciplines/leadership_styles.htm

www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_84.htm

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Categories: Websites, Leadership

Tags: Leadership Style

Wise Words:

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with other people."
Gandhi

Next month we think about... Supporting Parents