5 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Becoming a Teacher Leader

Marsha Ratzel, a National Board-certified teacher in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, shares her insights for the Teacher Leaders Network.

How do you know you’re ready to become a teacher leader? Will a trusted colleague tap you on the shoulder and say, “It’s time!”? Do you have to get so frustrated by something that you simply must speak up and work toward a solution? Maybe—but sometimes the signs are subtler. Here are a few things that may signal that you’re on the road to becoming a teacher leader:

Sign #1: You wish you had an impact beyond your classroom.
If you find yourself yearning to take an idea beyond your classroom, you’re probably ready to become a leader. […]

Sign #2: Colleagues often ask you for advice.
Are you a go-to teacher? … Guess what? You probably have what it takes to lead. […]

Sign #3: You “think big” about problems.
When others are complaining, you’re imagining solutions. You can see ways that the system can change to help you and your colleagues to better serve students. […]

Sign #4: You want to take new teachers under your wing.
You watch new teachers at your school and think, “Wow, I’ve been there and wished someone would help me out.” … You’ve probably offered advice and informal support to at least one new teacher. […]

Sign #5: You always want to know more!
You are afflicted with lifelong learning. What you know about the profession isn’t enough—you are eager to dig deeper into pedagogical strategies and/or your content area. […]

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