How to Be a Leader That Impacts Kid's Lives

A study was done with 910 at risk 1st graders.

The children who had the best results had teachers who...
  • Tuned into the child and responded to his needs, moods, interests, and capabilities, letting them guide the interactions.
  • Created an upbeat classroom climate with pleasant conversations, lots of laughter, and excitement.
  • Showed warmth and “positive regard” toward students.
  • Had good classroom management with clear but flexible expectations and routines, so that students followed rules largely on their own.
 The students who had the worst outcomes had teachers who…
  • Took an “us vs. them” stance.
  • Imposed their own agenda on students without tuning in to their needs.
  • Were emotionally distant or uninvolved.