LE 1: Reading Leadership
Reading Specialist Summer 2014
Within this Smore you will find the key concepts that were discussed in this LE along with some of your own ideas. I hope you find this a useful summary of our collective learning.
Welcome to the Reading Specialist Course--summer session!
- Clare and Michelle H are Walking Dead fans
- Nikki, Heather and Michelle L-S are travellers (Michelle is going to Mexico after this course)
- Lillian, Sherry and Sara try to balance course work with their children's nap times; they would love more sleep time!
- Lindsay is going to do some home renos this summer
- Lauren is a golfing, movie watching piano player
- Arla, Taye and Belinda are teaching FDK in the fall
- Belinda is expecting her second child in December
- Wendy and Jill are dog lovers
- Jill does karate and Kristina is considering taking it up
Share a Reading Experience
- Robert Munsch book study (Jill)
- Daily 5 + the Cafe (Wendy, Lauren, Clare, Lillian)
- Reading Assessment (Michelle)
- First 20 Days of Independent Reading (Lindsay, Sara)
- STAR: Striving Together for Achievement in Reading (Heather)
- Home reading--familiar books vs. unfamiliar books (Arla)
- Empower Reading program (Sherry)
- Reading response blog (Nikki)
- Home reading--Raz Kids (Kristina)
- Oral Reading comprehension assessment (Belinda)
I included Taye's description of her reading activity below. If there are any others that you want to know about in greater detail, don't forget to go back to the discussion area for e-1.
Morning Message (Taye)
What Does Leadership Mean to You?
Reading Leadership in the Classroom
- Make sure to incorporate differentiated learning and celebrate all growth in the classroom. (Sherry)
- Inspire students to learn, dream, and do (Michelle)
- Create students as reading leaders in their classroom and school. (Belinda)
- Encourage students to think critically as they respond to and reflect on what they have read (Lindsay)
- Showing empathy for the needs and struggles of all (Clare)
Reading Leadership in Relation to Colleagues
- Never force; always invite (Michelle)
- Using best practices in your own classroom (Lauren)
- Having time to meet with colleagues and discuss successes, struggles and goals is so essential to fostering the sense that the students belong to all of us not just the homeroom teacher. (Kristina)
- Prompting with questions or new thoughts (Clare)
- I think that it is important for leaders in a collegial setting to remember that we are all working together as a team and that all teachers bring strong skills and experiences to all discussions that must be honoured by everyone. There should not appear to be a 'Leader' within the group, perhaps only a facilitator. (Taye)
Reading Leadership in Relation to Parents
- Do not use ‘teacher jargon’, make sure parents understand what you’re talking about. (Sherry)
- Continual Feedback on the Progress/Needs of Their Children is Key (Nikki)
- Provide parents with resources to keep them up to date (Arla)
- Educating parents on what they can do at home to support learning going on at school (Lauren)
Making expectations about students’ reading clear at the beginning of the year (Heather)
Reading Leadership in the Board
- Promote initiative that encourage reading (Jill)
- Create opportunities among schools in order to share best practice and new learning (Lindsay)
- Participate in board offered reading professional development (Sara)
- providing other staff members in the board with examples of personal positive reading experiences through the board's form of teacher communication (e-mail, discussion boards etc) through the sharing of successful lessons, experiences, resources (Lillian)
- remaining open to new ideas and initiatives (Wendy)
Transformational Leaders put passion and energy into everything. They care about you and want you to succeed.
Quiet Leaders base their success on their thoughts and actions.
The servant leader serves others, rather than others serving the leader. Serving others thus comes by helping them to achieve and improve
A Participative Leader, rather than taking autocratic decisions, seeks to involve other people in the process, possibly including subordinates, peers, superiors and other stakeholders.
The Charismatic Leader gathers followers through dint of personality and charm, rather than any form of external power or authority.
Situational Leaders work on such factors as external relationships, acquisition of resources, managing demands on the group and managing the structures and culture of the group.