Leadership requires learning what needs to be done, sharing in the doing, and actively communicating the process. Meanwhile leaders are role models that should acknowledge and learn from their mistakes as they seek the best from others. I want to be known as hard on problems, but not on people.
Moving into an administrative position is on the horizon, and before it happens I don't want to forget my current perspective on the importance of teaching.
1) Don't hold it against a teacher that is only working to their contract.
2) Teachers have enough to do, so if administration gives them something extra, they should take something away.
3) Teachers should have the flexibility to allow students independent study options. For example, if a teacher wants to let a student take November off of regularly scheduled class activities to write a novel, permit them.
4) Only ask teachers to sub when it really is an emergency.
5) Don't put teachers in positions where they feel the need to apologize.
6) Only start a program you are willing and able to implement with fidelity.
7) It's okay to polish someone else's star.
8) Avoid micromanagement.
10) Continue to teach, learn, and grow...
With your help, things on this list without a link should have one soon.
What do you want principal to remember?
Recently the majority of our mandatory compliance training moved from part of our professional development time to an online tool we may complete at our convenience over the course of the year.
Perhaps the future holds increasing amounts of online professional development on your own time.
My recommendation would be to find the recommended time for completion for each required tutorial, and then to put in for a professional development day (or days) to match the total amount of time required.
As more is placed on a teacher's plate, if something isn't removed intentionally, things will begin to fall off.
High school begins for these three, and I hope they all take advantage of what Delsea offers. The school has communication covered with Remind. Technology covered with 1:1. My daughters first two days of 720 have been more than I hoped! Thanks Big Red!