A Reflection on Leadership Training
Being a leader takes time, patience and constant self-improvement. Being a leader doesn’t just take a day to achieve. Here are some takeaways by Dr. Eva Fabraquel (DepED Region-6 District Supervisor) during their leadership training.
Leadership Before the Pandemic
The good things in my time as a leader before this pandemic were the ability to connect to other people with ease. It was easy to make decisions, assess situations, manage strategies with you co-school heads, and deal with challenges that teaching and learning has to offer. We were able to build our relationships and local culture from the ground up and share our visions with one another as we approach to a singular-collective goal.
It was easy to give and receive feedback on certain situations such as the status of the learners/schools performances, teaching-learning environment, and assessing every aspect of a school because you are there real-time; observing, analyzing, and creating constructive solutions to current problems and challenges.
Current Changes in Leadership
Unlike before, the pique-challenge that we are currently facing is making a “connection” with the medium that we are currently using; there is a fine line of difference than “being there” than being “online”. Although it’s a great challenge for us, I believe that we will be able to strengthen that connection and still be able to avoid being flat-footed on the current situations that are happening around us.
There are certain elements that we tend to miss if our presence isn’t there real-time. The essence of face-to-face empathy, the essence of psychological neutrality, how you read a person’s emotions as he/she speaks, and all the things that makes us human. That connection is somehow lost when you are just speaking over an online medium, but that won’t be an obstacle for long because we are enhancing our capacity to do more despite the new normal.
Instructional Vision for Literacy Teaching
My vision is that one day; everybody will be able to stand on their own two feet and to construct an educational system/strategy where everyone’s initiative and independence in learning will be honed proficiently to a point where they’ll be self-sufficient when it comes to future changes and future learning. This doesn’t only apply to our learners but also to our school heads and to our teachers as well.
My vision takes me back to what an old colleague told me. She said “Why not just teach them to handle their taxes instead of teaching them complex math?” I gave it a thought and I replied “If we teach them how to do their taxes and not the basics of mathematical processes itself, the moment that they are told to do another form of math, they’ll have a hard time and will have to go back to a school/website to study again.”
In this essence, we (as literacy leaders) are responsible of developing our student’s cognitive traits in order for them to grasp out concepts that are branching out from what they have already learned. We should apply these to ourselves as well so we can become the embodiment of what we are trying to teach.
That’s my vision. It may not be fully achieved during my time here on earth, but I firmly believe that we are currently heading towards that direction. And someday, the future will reap the seeds that we have sown.
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