ERIC Number: ED388454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Effective Leadership in the Middle School Classroom.
Gullatt, David E.
This study identified teacher leadership traits and investigated why those leadership traits are important for educators and students at the middle school level. Characteristics of the middle school and the middle school student were explored as well as opportunities for development and enhancement of teacher leadership skills by middle school teachers and administrators. The study found that many opportunities exist for middle school teachers and students to accept leadership roles. Due to changing patterns of development exhibited by the middle school student, teachers may exercise leadership in curriculum patterns to accommodate the adolescent's learning patterns. Areas of leadership could include the budget, interdisciplinary themes, class schedules, field experiences, and service or extra-curricular opportunities. To exercise effective leadership skills a middle school teacher should: work effectively as a member of an instructional team; design and implement interdisciplinary programs of study; understand and utilize sound principles of guidance; use a variety of teaching styles and instructional techniques; and foster leadership potentiality of adolescents. In return, adolescents exhibiting gained leadership skills will be better socially equipped to make intelligent decisions about themselves and function better in groups. They will also be able to exhibit a vision for themselves that will enhance their success. Contains 26 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary School Teachers, Instructional Leadership, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Student Characteristics, Student Leadership, Teacher Role, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 1-4, 1995).