The problem arises when administrators make changes which are deemed unrealistic by teachers and staff. Whether or not they are unreasonable, the problem is the perception. The administrator lost touch with teacher reality. Use these tips to overcome this perception.
I’ve watched buildings fall apart. Students do what they want and teachers don’t take action. Administrators were frustrated and angry because teachers weren’t doing their job. Nothing got better. Students ruled the roost.
I must admit. I’ve been that teacher. My administrator put out a directive and I did not take active action to support them. I’ve been a part of the problem.
My administrator decided in February that our 2000 high school students should start wearing their ID cards at all times while in the building. Initially, I was excited for this initiative because I am a strong proponent of school safety. However, I was a skeptic of this initiative because I saw initiative after initiative fail due to lack of accountability. It’s...
It is so frustrating. You handle a situation with a parent. A few days go by and one of your teachers tells you that you didn’t handle the situation appropriately. Or worse- they just complain causing more dissatisfaction among other teachers. Naturally, your blood pressure increases. Are you offended? Angry? Hurt? Confused? All of the above? This is all too common.
When I was a store manager I had the task of calling every customer who left a negative review for my store. I hated that part of my job. It ruined my day. Listening to the recording and reading what people said was so disheartening. I worked hard and really tried to make sure everyone had a good experience. My staff worked hard and really cared. The problem was that these...
It's that time again when teachers are at the end of their rope and tired of all of the red tape, expectations, and insurmountable workloads. I found October to be the month when the honeymoon period of the new school year is over and building morale drops - quickly. Of course, this depends on your building, administrators, community, and your students.
Here's how to recharge your batteries and use fall break to your advantage.
Do not work over fall break.
Working over break may seem like a good idea to help you catch up on planning, phone calls, lesson templates, and the million other things you did not get done. However, this time is yours, and you deserve a break. Take it!
You are not defined by your job.
Let's face it. As te...
Whew! We made it past Spring Break. Congratulations!
State testing, end of year assessments, evaluations, and planning for next year. . . So much to do, and the time will fly by.
So how do we manage our increasing list of responsibilities while also using this time to our advantage?
I work in a high needs, Title 1, turn around school. We are constantly watched for results, monitored for behavior, and under the increasing microscope of the district and state. The end of the year gets more intense. I'm sure you can relate to the pressure.
5 Tips To Survive To the End Of the Year and Coming Out On Top.
Be relentless about time management.
More than ever, now is the time to tighten your time management practices. An increased amount of...