Friday, May 6

[FACILITATOR] - TASK 8

Hi, I'm Anthony, facilitator for Task 8. I'm going to explain how we have worked this week:

Our objective was to present a candidate (the star) to be the leader (director) of a school.
We had to choose the kind of leadership we wanted and create a party with that ideology.

From among the four possibilities we had, we chose the participative leadership, which consists in a leader that is above everyone, but doesn't impose his rules. Instead, he prefers talking to the people he will lead, in order to make rules with their collaboration. We believe this leader is a great leader because he really seeks the best for the people.

First, our team was divided in three groups:
- The first one included the star, our candidate. The objective of this group was to take pictures of our candidate and make them look appealing to the people we'd like to vote for us.
- The second group wrote the speech our candidate would give on Wednesday. The speech included information about the ideas we had, as well as a critic to the other kinds of leaderships.
- The last group was in charge of making all the additional things to make our party popular: flyers, videos, banners...

We spent all Tuesday afternoon working on the presentation. We decided we would make green our colour, so we all wore green T-shirts on Wednesday. We gave the final touches to the speech and the future director read it aloud.

On Wednesday, wearing our green T-shirts, we all stood in front of the class. While the star spoke, we holded banners. Before that we distributed some flyers and passed a short video.

At the end everyone gave us a big applause. We had a great time preparing this activity, and I hope you too!

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 5

[ANALYST] TASK 8 LEADERSHIP STYLES



Hi! I'm Jose A Gómez the Analyst for this week. It was a passionate week full of emotions and thrilling because we had to present an electoral campaign as if one of us were running for Director in a School (our star, indeed). 
The work was delivered like weeks before and each of us had something to do right after class. Our Facilitator was a bit out of mind at the beginning but next day he took control over the whole group so as to solve small problems to star the machinery. 
This week we  learnt an important way to understand leadership in school nowadays, and why an only style is something difficult, I'm going to explain in the forward reflection how this theme has a direct correlation with us as future teachers, what are the key point to keep in mind and of course, our point of view. 
Please leave a comment if you want, I will appreciate it.


LET START SETTING YOU IN OUR APPROACH, as the task was developed a speech for a Principal in school we started taking advice for the task 3 in which we have to create a presentation, we followed the rules step by step.  Some of the 20 steps for developing a presentation were useful for us due to the fact that we have into account our public and used carefully our words to not make them got bored. As Nancy Duarte (2011) argues “The power can change the word if you communicate effectively”, without a doubt, a message is to be said or deliver but whether it message reach or achieve its proposed depends on how it is developed, how the words are said and how the sentences get the heart of a given audience. How much time are you able to maintain your attention to someone speaking to you? It is depending, but it depends on how the speaker is doing his or her speech, rhythm, movements, corporal expression, and so on.

The weapon of being a good communicator requires training, rehearsals and thinking in advance each movement and words. The importance of knowing this is crucial for our future works as teachers because if we are not able to get the attention from our students in our lectures, activities or instruction they, our instruction, may be fallen in a foggy cloud with which our intention to teach something will be nothing. It seems a bit hard but it is the reality, we need to develop these abilities in which the important factor is not the contents or how well we know the content instead how well we communicate it.

THE SUBJECT OF  “Comunicación oral y Escrita en Lengua Española” was really valuable for this week, we took the rules to display a good Speech from this subject. The parts; introduction, argumentation, and conclusion were the key factors while decided the shape of our speech. From this point, we understand that whether we want our communication were effective we needed to follow the rules with every language functions polished and shine. The factor of a good communication must have embedded all functions, and these functions must bring the figures literary such as “captatio venebolantiae”, “anaphora”, “hyperbole” and so on. All of them carefully were set sentence after sentence. You could see in the faces of everyone how the words and sentences were getting more and more inside their souls. So, this is the point too, how to get the student is an important factor as I say before. We as teachers need this skills for our daily lives in which communication will be crucial to share our ideas and of course to build the magic context in our classroom where each kid would understand everything from our lectures.

REMARKING THE IMPORTANCE of having or be a good leader in schools. The styles of leaderships are galactic because each school is different because we all human being are different with different cultures, values, conception about life and points of views and, so on (Santrock, 2011). From this point, it is logical have an approach with which we can understand any school in any village, city or country. They are different, not to mention that any child and the way he or she performance in school depends on a great deal on the background-socio-economical from they come from. Is it not important to take into account what kind of leadership we have or perform?  Is it the requirement of a specific village, city or country different from other? Of course, yes! The way a city council would like to develop their villagers or citizens has a direct relationship in the way a head teacher would do things into the school. This head teacher would like music, travel, movies or photography, yet, he or she may be in a country village in which everyone is farming, harvesting and with the only matter of concern about their farming issue. How can a leader  change that? How any style of leadership could be fitting into that? There is no fixed answer for these questions because all the factors matters and these factors are modelling and changing constantly the shape of a leadership.

It is not crystal clear.  We are going to focus on the four types of leadership we have, or I may say three because the “AUTHORITARIAN STYLE” which is that kind of leadership more dictatorial and disgusting that no one wants to listen to, because there is no respect in it, the control over others is the primary focus and the emotions are not even taking into account. It is obvious not to think and not to include it in our lists of goods.   In other words, the authoritarians would force and impose their beliefs (Hoyle, 2012). This is an old fashioned way to understand schools based on industrial ages and based on new ideas of how we see leaderships. It is not fitting into the new school system. Sadly, a lot of schools are using it and working currently with this kind of leaderships (Hoyle, 2012). Moreover, each citizen in our occidental society would be against this. This is a big true, why we still have his kind of leadership in our schools?  What is a head teacher looking for when he or she si running a school with this technics?  Perhaps, they are unaware about what they are doing; they are just managing a school with the skills copy from when they were students, not thinking, not reading, and not improving their professional careers. Besides, the professional skills should be improving, changing and moving forward to better school managing due to the fact the researchers bring a spectrum of news scientific ideas which have been proved and will continuously prove that things can change (Wallen, 2009).

THE NEXT THREE STYLES ARE CLOSER TO OUR APPROACH of what a leadership should be. Even though the TRANSACTIONAL style sounds like a good choice, we thought that its bimodal face did not fit into our ideas and principles. In the centre of this type is the afraid, the terror that any employment might suffer each time the manager ask for a meeting, to be threatened with not being paid or what is even worst, being fire. We do not believe in this kind of perspectives, we consider the moral and values of people must be above everything.

THE MIXES WITH PARTICIPATIVE AND TRANSFORMATIONAL are the ideals types for us. Yet, to be honest, a bit more participative than transformational, maybe seventy to thirty would be the good percentage. The participative have its inner ready for taking care of everyone in the group, listen to any ideas and letting the agencies of a given group to devise the rules by themselves. Besides, it always is taking into account their emotions as humans (Hoyle, 2012). It is a place in which the site-based meetings are taking every time a rule or decision is to be making, a place where opinions and ideas of every agency in an institution (in this case in schools) is listened to.

Why would somebody not like this kind of leadership? What are the barriers stopping for letting this kind of leadership growing up surrounding us? It is, perhaps we do not believe in a real change, it sounds so beautiful to be real, because if we want to change something, the first thing we need to change is our way to see the educational world. We could change the ideas of our future children showing them that we can change ourselves; there is no other path.

SO, IF WE TACKLE IT FROM THIS POINT it is getting difficult because the TRANFORMATIONAL style is for genuine dreamers which can believe not only in change how the world works but also see the people in this world with a heart full of love, unconditional love. This is a vision of a leadership in which we could fell if the entire society changes. When we say love it is something each person has a vision to who share his or her love. One thing is clear, we had not been educated to share love freely with anyone, and it is a secret, a feeling, and an emotion we do not want to display. So, if a change from the PRTICIPATIVE is complicated to move forward and take TRANSFORMATIONAL could be even worse. (In my personal opinion, and excuse me for this, I feel like I can run this river up not down, but I am aware sometimes fight against the flood is tough but not impossible). 

A change of paradigm for this kind of dreamers is anything but simple. However, the tile would be raised if we step up hard onto the system with a backpack over our shoulder full of new knowledge and ideas.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND, a leader for a school must be someone willing to develop in thousands of characters, empathic, comprehensive, patient, and so on. Yet, over all friendly. It does not mean that a moment for say a rule without discussion would not come. Of course, if we assume a leader is the face of our school, the star of our daily work, we have to assume that sometimes he or she may set rules to solve problem in a rush as well. Besides, a school is anything but a quiet place in which everything is setting perfectly, a school is a place where the chaos is in each corner and this is not easy to manage with fix style of leadership, it is needed time to time from a flexible way to do things.

Moreover, if our imagined leader have all handicaps explained before in an equal way it will be a good leader and the atmosphere in the school will be like a nature landscape in with the supposed chaos is surrounding everything but with an harmony itself, in which each inset, plant or living being have a role to play relying on each other.






[STAR] TASK 8

Hi everyone!

I'm Pablo, the star of FH this week.

In this task we had to run a campaign for director of a school and  as a star, I got to be candidate. As always, the task was original and creative, and, in my opinion, this was the most fun to do. We decided that I was going to be a participatory leader.

On Monday we started with the speech and the publicity stuff and on Tuesday we had all finished. I think the team did a great job with everything and in my opinion the speech was perfect. I practiced a lot the speech and every time I red it I liked more.

On Wednesday all the groups had to present the candidatures. It was fun and interesting seeing how others mange to do the presentation. When I was about to start the speech I felt a bit nervous but as I was going through the speech I felt more relaxed and confident and I think that at the end the class liked.

That's all I have to say. Byee!!
And remember....

[JOURNALIST] TASK 8 - LEADERSHIP STYLES

Hi everyone I'm Edu Espinosa and, as you can see, I'm the journalist of Frisky Hedgehogs. This week we have been working with the 8th task, which is; leadership styles. For this task we have to create a "future head teacher" with a concretely leadership style and show it to the rest of the class in an "elections activity", on the next paragraphs you will find more information about it, as well as a diary of the work-week make by our group. Enjoy it!

Monday - 2nd May 2016

First day of work.

Today Linda has said what we have to do for this week-task, which was about LEADERSHIP STYLES. When we had all the instructions clear we started to decide what leadership style would have our candidate to the presidency of the school (head director).


FH working


Tuesday - 3rd May 2016

Second day of work.

When the classes were finished, Frisky Hedgehogs did a meeting in order to prepare the completely task and artifact for Pablo, the star of the group and the candidate to head teacher.
They all worked very hard, taking into account every single detail for have a nice presentation on Wednesday, the speech, the election campaign, the social networks activity of the candidate, the placards... all in order to motivate people on the "reflection day" before elections.

The group working on the task


Wednestay - 4th May 2016

Elections day.

Today it has been the elections day, it is when all the candidates present their speech (with a leadership style behind) and the rest of the class had to identify what was the leadership style and in which school they would fit better.

Here you can see some photos about our colleagues showing their speech and the electoral campaign, all of them have follow different strategies and , of course, different types of leadership, from authoritarian to participative going through transactional and transformational (this last one have very little or none apparition).



The entire class on the elections day


Pablo showing his speech


FH after the elections


In addition here you can see two comments that I have write to some blogs, the first one is on a blog about leadership styles that I have used in order to have further information about the topic, and the second comment is on our colleagues' group.







All in all, the entire class have worked very hard on this 8th task and we all hope that the next one (which is the last one) can allow us to finish an unforgettable course!!

Bye!



Wednesday, May 4

[CURATOR] TASK 8 - LEADERSHIP STYLES


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Tools used:

Fakebook in classtools.net
Canva.com
Windows Movie Maker



Cristina.


[TRANSLATOR] TASK 8 - LEADERSHIP STYLES

Leader:
A leader is a person that have the power to establish rules in an organism, but a leader can also be considered as a person followed by people in the sense of guiding them, the person that make them to reach objectives. The leader can act in many different ways, some of these ways are the following: the authoritarian leader, the participative, the transactional and the transformational.

Authoritarian leader:
An authoritarian leader is the one that does not take into account other people's opinions, he just establish the rules that he consider the most efficient. For this leader it is not important the way people feel, he just want them to be as productive as possible. He does not motivate people, he thinks people must do their jobs because it is their obligation. The main characteristic of this leader is his desire of controlling all the agents.

Participative leader:
A participative leader takes into account other's opinions, he considers that giving them the opportunity to participate establishing rules or in the organization they will feel more comfortable at the workplace and in the end they will be more productive. This leader gives value to the needs of people and because of that consider important to let them participative and express their ideas.

Transactional leader:
The transactional leader takes into account two different dimensions, the ideographic which consists on the needs of the individuals and the nomothetic that consists on the goals of the organization. In order to take into account these two dimensions this leader is aware of the needs of people because this allows him to set rewards for that people. It means that this leader establishes rewards to motivate people and make them to reach goals.

Transformational leader:
Transformational leaders want to create an environment where every person is motivated to fulfill his needs and becomes as a member of a productive learning community. Transformational leaders want to build a system of integrity, a cause beyond oneself, diversity of thought and inclusiveness for all races and gender. For this kind of leader it is also important moral leadership, leading with love and spiritual leadership. Moral leadership is based on dignity and respect for the rights of others to self determination. This leader does not want to establish an arbitrary set of rules to follow, moral leadership is an agreement to do the right things for others and live that agreement in all human interactions.