What it means:
Take care of yourself and improve your leadership and professional skills and competencies to achieve consistent performance.
Managing yourself includes planning, communicating, executing, and improving the following actions:
- Clarify your role—clarify and re-clarify your role as your team and school changes
- Improve your own actions, competencies and skills
- Contribute to next level of leadership
- Stay healthy for long-term performance
Tools—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
These tools can help multi-classroom leaders and other teacher-leaders manage themselves and their instructional teams:
- Multi-Classroom Leader Action Planner (Word)—to see each season in its own document, click on the following links: Summer; Fall; Winter; Spring
- Teacher Selection and Evaluation toolkits (Web)
- School Turnaround Teachers: Competencies for Success (PDF)
- Multi-Classroom Leader Competencies Self-Assessment (Word)—rate yourself on the competencies an MCL needs
- School Turnaround teacher tools (Web)
Videos—For Multi-Classroom Leaders & Other Instructional Teacher-Leaders
Watch these short videos of educators discussing the elements of Manage Yourself, organized by action:
Seek Out Coaching and Feedback as an MCL
MCL Ellen Rayburn explains her evolution in the types of coaching she requests to improve her team leadership.
Clarify your role
Clarify Roles to Get Team Buy-In
As a team leader MCL Jacqueline Smith sees progress with her team improved by how carefully she clarified her role to them from the start.
Improve your own actions, competencies and skills
Reflect on How to Keep Improving
Always improve, MCL Lauren Woodworth says, by reflecting on how to tweak your approach to give students your best.
Learn Your Strengths; Reflect on Improvements
To teach and lead well, start with understanding your own personality, MCL Jessica Smith says.
Subject Training Helps You Teach Teachers
Multi-Classroom Leader Kristin Cubbage describes how she seeks out training on specific subjects to be a better coach for her teaching team.
Contribute to next level of leadership
As a Teacher-Leader, Encourage Feedback to Grow Other Leaders
MCL Candace Butler encourages her team teachers to give her feedback to build their own skills as leaders.
Stay healthy for long-term performance
Find Ways to Set Boundaries
MCL Bri Waddell explains how she sets limits to avoid burnout and focus on what helps student learning the most.
Use these discussion questions to help guide your team through the elements of Manage Yourself:
- Do you set improvement goals for each year—one to three, for example—and work toward them? If not, what needs to change?
- Consider your career aspirations: If you aspire to advance, what areas do you most need to develop?
- Do you incorporate stress-reducing activities into your life? If not, what needs to change?
- What one to three changes would you like to make soon, based on the questions above? Set reasonable goals for yourself.
See this printable study guide with discussion questions and real examples from educators:
- For Principals and Multi-Classroom Leaders—Key Element of Leadership Excellence: Manage Yourself (PDF)
Other Developmental Resources
See the following developmental resources, provided by other organizations, related to the elements of Manage Yourself:
The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time! and The Together Leader: Get Organized for Your Success – and Sanity! by Heyck-Merlin (book)
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