Is it the choice of music?
Is it Emmanuel Macron’s face when he ‘gets it’?
(Or Trump’s as he doesn’t?)
Is it the live editing; cutting between the two?
Or is it the spectacle of what can be achieved by a group of well-led, skilled and motivated individuals when they all pull in the same direction?
Sound familiar? Or not?
What does your classroom leadership look like?
Lead, don’t manage.
(Did I mention the music?)
Management; the control of people, processes or things to elicit specified outcomes. Management is about repeating things that have been done before in order to get a known outcome. Do we really want to manage the behaviour in our classrooms? Do we want to manage what our students do?
As educators, we want our students to do their best work. That’s all we ask. And by best work, I don’t mean neatly underlined date and title, all answers correct. I mean, their very best work that has been incited by inspirational and creative educators. Beyond where they thought they could go on their own.
I lead my students because I want their best work, not mine. Leadership is about establishing expectations, empowering those you lead and then allowing them the freedom to do their best work. Their best work, not ours. And certainly not a regurgitation of learning-past. The diverse needs and abilities of our students demands that we lead them.
I lead. Because behaviour management has no place in my classroom.