As a leader, do you invoke the habits of mind in your leadership?
Habits of Mind: modelling, coaching, scaffolding, articulation, reflection, exploration
Modelling - Modelling of leadership behaviours. If we want others to be leaders, we need to demonstrate what leadership looks like.
Coaching - Helping others to think through what they are trying to do. Teachers raise questions with each other rather than telling others what to do.
Scaffolding - Providing the content bridges necessary for the task, raising the necessary questions, and giving others, particularly new teachers, the opportunities to explore and perform the task.
Articulation - Explaining what you are thinking about so that thinking is visible to colleagues, parents, and students.
Reflection - Being reflective and thoughtful about the work. Raising evaluation questions: What went well today? Why? If I did this again, how would I do it differently?
Exploration - Modelling risk taking so others understand that uncertainty is involved in all new learning.
From: Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement by Linda Lambert
Published by: ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)