students feel safe not only when it comes to learning but the school environment. Transformational leaders focus on restructuring the school by improving school conditions. (Stewart, 2006). This is done by the formation of a school culture in which individual differences of students are considered, great effort is made for the development of facilities and capabilities and students with high academic and personal achievements are educated by creating a healthy school climate. My philosophy as a leader comes from several years of experience. Serving in the field of education for twenty three years has allowed my educational philosophy to surface on its own. I believe every student can and will learn. They may not all learn the same way, but they do require access to the same resources. One natural motivator I have uncovered through my
4 Personal Leadership Style and Philosophy experience simply knows someone cares for their well-being. Some students do not have anyone who is involved in their education, or active in their learning, so they decide education must not be important. Once they learn that someone cares and wants them to succeed, they find pride and relevance in education. I am also a firm believer that students have to be active learners. They have to be vested in their education, “owners not renters.” They have to set goals and want to attain them. They need to have a “hook” at their school, whether it is a specific program, sport, drama, band, or club. Something that connects them to the school and makes them proud to be present and give 100% in everything they do. Students who are not vested in their education develop bad habits such as truancy and failing grades. Students need the tools, structure and feedback to succeed.
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