Why Are You Talking?

There seems to be an unspoken rule in leadership. Somehow the leader is the one who does all the talking. Yet, as leaders, how do we foster the growth and development of others if we possess all the knowledge, all the answers and do all the talking?

As a campus principal my mantra to my teachers was, “The one who does all the talking is the one who is doing all of the learning.” We know through research that student learning is multiplied when they are engaged in meaningful dialogue including the use of effective questioning. How more so for adult learners?

Coaching conversations with teachers are an expectation of current support and appraisal systems. If within these discussions with teachers you find yourself doing all of the talking, stop and ask yourself why.

How might you transform your work with teachers through listening and questioning?

-Sonja Howard, Coordinator for Administrator Quality

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