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My name is Tomi and I live with my wonderful husband and my two kids (my dogs!) in Ada, Ohio. I am currently doing student teaching and will be graduating in May 2012. I have decided to start a blog which I hope will follow me to my first teaching position. Being that I have little experience teaching, I have MANY questions so I might frequently ask the help of my followers!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Leadership vs. Management

Student teaching starts next week officially. I will be in a third grade classroom with OAAs (Ohio's Standardized Tests) right around the corner. I am anxious, scared, and excited all at the same time. This week in my student seminar class we have been discussing leadership. My question for today is: How do you LEAD your students in your classroom? How do you teach leadership? How do you MANAGE your classroom?

Any and all comments would be appreciated!


  1. I think it's Carson Dellosa again that has a book about character ideas. It has stories and worksheets, it's great. Having classroom jobs is a good way to teach leadership, even talking to them about their responsibility in that job. Teach them the types of students you are looking for to do certain jobs, and when they are in that position remind them often why they were chosen. Sometimes I have to switch a job if someone is not handling his/hers correctly. I talk to them to explain why I had to take it away, and what they can do to earn it back. Sometimes it helps to read books about great leaders and have the students discuss and write ideas as to how they can have some of those same characteristics. Just a couple of ideas, I'll add more when I think of some. :)

  2. I am your newest follower and am so impressed that you already have a blog! That is such a great idea because you can start getting advice and tips from those of us already in the trenches!

    Classroom jobs are the best way to teach leadership and help the kiddos become more independent. With the jobs, we actually do less after they have been "trained"!

    I would love for you to come follow me! You can read under my Classroom Management and Conscious Discipline more about building your School Family. Conscious Discipline is the most powerful thing I have EVER learned and will change you and your classroom forever!

    I am excited to read about your adventures!

    Heather's Heart

  3. Hello! Thank you for the nice comment on my blog, and welcome to the teacher blog world! I student taught in a third grade classroom also - third graders are lots of fun! Good luck with everything! Enjoy every moment, student teaching feels like it goes so quickly!