Reflections on my team leader role
This has been my first year in the team leader role and I've really enjoyed it. It helps of course to have a great team which I am lucky enough to have. At first I thought that having a release day every second week to get team tasks completed would be more than I needed yet I have found that I've used every second of that time over the course of the year. I thought I'd summarise for myself some of the types of things that I've done as team leader as a record of what this role involves.
- Making outlines of long term plans which we then flesh out in team meetings.
- Working with the team to identify target children for the year.
- Setting up team agendas before meetings and then making sure we stick to timeframes.
- Organising resources and making plan outlines in advance to work on during collaborative team planning sessions.
- Discussing priority learners in meetings.
- Discussing what does and doesn't work for our learners in class during team meetings.
- Doing all the paperwork for team trips including setting up Google Forms to collect parent volunteer information.
- Creating displays for all classes related to our inquiry topics.
- Organising our camp.
- Organising all the choir trips and paperwork.
- Checking that assessment data is completed and entered into eTap.
- Organising planning checks for team members.
- Identifying the strengths within the team in order for them to take the lead on the organisation of key tasks.
- Writing reports for the ERO inspection this year on key aspects of the team.
- Meeting with ERO and the IB inspectors to discuss programmes and priority learners.
- Ordering equipment and supplies for the team.
- Managing the team budget.
- Running moderation sessions for writing samples.
- Creating a student portfolio for all senior students in the school and running PD on their use with teachers.
- Meeting with concerned parents.
- Setting up eAsttle tests, rolling over the eAsttle student information, getting team members signed up to eAsttle and showing them how to use it.
- Creating Google Classrooms as a way for the team to build resources for inquiry units.
- Making observations of teachers in the team.
- Attending management meetings and sharing key information with the team.
- Communicating information from the team back to management as required and 'pushing back' on behalf of the team in relation to teacher workload.
- Keeping an eye on the emotional wellbeing of the team and supporting them where necessary.
- Supporting all team members to get their movies completed ahead of our team movie evening!
I'm sure I'll think of a lot more after I publish this post! It is a busy but satisfying role and I believe that I am learning more all the time about how to be in a middle management role.