LRNT 525 continued reading within the course, offers information towards change within learning. While change comes in many forms, necessity tends to lead that charge. Recently, society has entered the age of Covid. Learning in the digital age has been forced into many classrooms, whether students/teachers/parents are prepared. Accurate and precise instruction from the teacher to a student that is also schooling, became less of idea or secondary preparation. Now with students needing to be attentive through the home schooling places, the teacher has adjusted from in person teaching to a digital platform. The difference in the instruction criteria increases the demand on teachers for discovering children that are learning at different rate. The difficulties in managing the classroom with still being able to catch small indicators from students, indicates excellent leadership skills from the teachers. Keeping students’ interaction during the school day while sending out email notifications to the parents, then preparing the next agenda indeed becomes a heavy chore.
Implementation of leadership, through crisis makes the teacher a strong leader of change. Anticipation of the crisis moved swiftly away from just preparation. Al-Haddad & Kotnour indicate measuring change, objectives to the change need to be unambiguous (2015, p. 251). Organizational change blossoms with excellent leadership, and the reverse of this is true as well. Without leadership change can cause issues, far greater than leaving the process without change. Focusing on the change, to ensure the path to change is correct will garnish the best results.
Managing change with inference to leadership, sets into motion an insight into the goal of the leader. Atasoy claims that interaction between leadership and school culture are diverse (2020, p. 268). By this interaction, each component of leadership and culture are identified as an element that require attention. Students alone are unable to learn online without the teacher, conversely instruction without students leaves the teacher without a position. Thankfully, there is some good from the pandemic that has reversed the stricken abilities of attending bricks and mortars type of school for the staff and students alike, over to a full-time online learning platform.
I have asked many good people the following question. Why are nickels dimes and quarters made of metal? Change is hard!
Al-Haddad, S., & Kotnour, T. (2015). Integrating the organizational change literature: A model for successful change. Journal of organizational change management, 28(2), 234-262. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-11-2013-0215
Atasoy, R. (2020). The Relationship between School Principals’ Leadership Styles, School Culture and Organizational Change. International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(5), 256–274.