I established my blog ‘Classroom Harmony’ in response to a leadership target. As a classroom teacher (and a mother of three), I have spent the past two decades leading children. Although I am not ‘new’ to leading, I am ‘new’ to leading adults within a dynamic and large school.
Research and Development
Strategies to develop my blog
- Read blog posts from educational leaders, how are they reflective?
- Talk about writing with colleagues, friends and family, what makes a blog post interesting?
- Start writing, take on board feedback, edit and review. Be vulnerable.
The first strategy led me to Mrs Garden’s blog – Monday Musings. Immediately, I began following her posts; receiving an email notification when new posts were written. Her post Do you have the write stuff? where she promoted Slice of Life, is the reason I am a #SOL18 Slicer.
Being a part of the #SOL18 challenge has allowed me to read blogs daily from different parts of the world. I can explore how writers deliver their message. Learn new ideas for teaching children and leading teams.
Leadership Lessons # 1
How has being part of Slice of Life helped?
- By writing daily, I am reflecting, I am considering the impact of my words. I am continually asking, is the message clear to my audience?
- Planning is essential, I need to think ahead. The plan can be modified, but it is essential to start with one.
- Research as much as possible, there is always more to learn.
- Listen to feedback, adapt and modify the writing or situation as required.
In summary, an effective leader is reflective. So, feedback, please.