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Teachers play a critical role as classroom leaders in creating a positive learning environment and promoting learner success. Effective teacher leadership involves modelling positive behaviour, setting clear expectations, and creating a culture of collaboration and growth.

This could be achieved through the following:

  • Set a positive tone for the classroom by greeting learners warmly and expressing enthusiasm for learning.

  • Establish clear expectations for behaviour and academic performance, and consistently enforce them.

  • Model positive behaviour and attitudes, including respect, responsibility, and perseverance.

  • Create a safe and inclusive classroom environment where all learners feel valued and supported.

  • Develop and communicate a clear vision for student learning, and align classroom activities and assessments with this vision.

  • Encourage active participation and engagement from all learners, and provide opportunities for learners to take ownership of their learning.

  • Use a variety of teaching strategies and technologies to meet the needs of diverse learners.

  • Provide timely and constructive feedback on student progress, and use this feedback to inform instruction.

  • Collaborate with colleagues and parents to promote student success and well-being.

  • Continuously reflect on and evaluate teaching practices, and seek out opportunities for professional growth and development.

  • Establish routines and procedures that promote efficiency and maximize instructional time.

  • Use positive reinforcement to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments and positive behaviours.

  • Provide opportunities for learners to develop leadership skills and take on roles of responsibility in the classroom.

  • Maintain a sense of humour and positive outlook, even in the face of challenges and setbacks.

  • Foster a lifelong love of learning by promoting curiosity, creativity, and intellectual risk-taking.

In conclusion, teachers who embrace their role as classroom leaders can make a significant impact on student learning and well-being. By fostering a culture of respect, responsibility, and continuous growth, teachers can inspire and empower their students to achieve their full potential.



  • The Role of the Teacher as a Leader in the Classroom by TeachThought
  • The Teacher as a Leader by ASCD
  • Teacher Leadership: Leading the Way to Effective Teaching and Learning by the National Education Association
  • Picture: iStock