A Teacher’s Educational Leadership Philosophy
In 2013, the Philippine government implemented a change that created controversies from different spectrums in the country. The K to 12 curriculum was implemented extending the basic education cycle from ten to twelve years. As a result, the rate of college enrollees decreased since the majority of the students who were supposed to be already in first year college after Grade 10, should still take up and complete the additional two years in high school.
The reason for having the K to 12 Curriculum is for the improvement of the quality of education in the Philippines. In fact, it was 2017 when President Rodrigo Duterte declared that education at all state universities and colleges will offer free tuition. In my mind, parents and students in this present generation are very lucky to be given that kind of opportunity.
I witnessed a different kind of educational system when I was still a student. It was a teacher-centred approach where students were more of a passive rather than active receivers of information. The only teaching resources were the books, the blackboard, chalk and erasers. The teachers were strict disciplinarians. On the other hand, they had soft hearts with us. They cared for their students and if there was any problem, those teachers talked with the parents. I have also seen them active in the community. I was inspired by my teachers so I followed their footsteps.
As I started my teaching career in a small and newly established school in our town, I got a chance to work directly with school heads. I have observed different kinds of leaderships portrayed by principals assigned in our school. They may have different styles of leadership but their styles all boiled down to one thing — they built a relationship with us –pushing us who were pioneers in the school to give our best every day. The different leadership styles reminded me of Tom Peter’s quote “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” The more time I spend in school teaching and leading students to a good and bright future, the more I have proven that I have been adopting the transformational style of leadership.
As a leader in our department and inside the classroom, I have realized that being receptive to learning, and adapting the strengths of our principals in leadership, I can lead positive changes in the school environment. While the society is evolving swiftly because of the new trends in technology and shift in the curriculum, schools need to adapt to better serve the students for their future and their present.
My position in the school opens doors for me to enhance and continuously develop my skills in communicating and influencing my colleagues and my students. As my main focus is on how to serve the students better, it is integral for me to be able to lead them well and help them meet the needs of the society. To meet this goal, by being able to visit and observe classes and teachers’ varied teaching styles, I can discover their weaknesses and strengths. Through collaboration, we can work on teachers’ weaknesses and assist them in those areas where they need to improve. Great ideas come if there is a good relationship between teachers, sharing the same goals. As the goals of each school are to give quality education for all while having a connection with family and community, a transformational leadership will be able to produce great positive change. And with that, it’s not only the teachers who will benefit, instead it will also have a positive ripple effect towards the students, schools, and the whole community.
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