13 Things Every Teacher Wishes Their Principal Knew
Principals, pull up a chair: Here's what your teachers may or may not be telling you. Teachers, get ready to comment and add to the following list: This is your chance to let your voice be heard.
Using feedback and ideas from teacher friends, family members, and my Personal Learning Network (PLN), I've compiled the following list:
Teachers wish their Principals knew...
- How much time, effort, and 'free' extra work we do for the school.
- That school scores and standardized testing are not the only measure of a school's quality.
- How to provide fun, up-to-date training and professional development learning opportunities for everyone on the staff.
- That observations with formative feedback go a long way in helping us meet your expectations.
- How important it is to a school's success to help parents feel welcome and comfortable.
- The value of social media in education...especially all of the 21st century learning opportunities it presents for our students.
- That we NEED to always feel appreciated.
- The difference in appropriate teaching styles for each age group...early childhood, middle school, and high school teachers each have to approach their students uniquely.
- How valuable global connections are... which is exactly why all Principals should encourage us to build Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) to continue sharing, learning and collaborating with other educators around the world.
- The unbelievable amount of FREE resources and tools that are available online... but we're not able to access them in class due to blockage or some other restriction.
- Classroom management is our job, not yours. When you come into our classroom and see a child not following directions, please do not intervene. It undermines our authority.
- Students behave way better when you're around. Please remember this when we come to you with a discipline problem. We're with the kids day in and day out, so we've got a better idea of how they really behave.
- They should not to make a habit of calling all-faculty meetings to communicate information that could have been shared via email.
I could keep adding on and on to my list... but where's the fun in that? I'd rather hear what YOU think.
So tell me ...