Saturday, January 24, 2009

Just thought I'd share...

I found this list of qualities a school administrator should have here:

* Smile frequently and genuinely. * Ask how your staff is doing, and listen to the answers you get. * Share information about your personal life, but don't overshare. * Hold meetings only when absolutely necessary. * Create an atmosphere of trust through small gestures, and never make it seem like you're trying to catch your staff doing something wrong. * Compliment your teachers in writing after a classroom walk-through and in public as often as possible. * ALWAYS have your teacher's back when a parent makes a complaint. Reprimand the teacher privately if needed, but create a united front to outsiders. * Take on some of the district's demands yourself, rather than hoisting them all on teachers. *Don't create additional paperwork. *Make "a trip to the principal's office" something to fear for unruly children, and non-threatening for teachers (not the other way around).

And I realized how thankful I am for the administration at Joyner...because those are exactly the qualities they have! I was at Wiley last year, too, and felt very comfortable with the principal, assistant principal, and IRT. Working at the Y has also spoiled me...my bosses, for the most part, have been phenomenal role models that I really enjoyed working for. I am just so thankful to have had these people in my life...and in authority!

2 comments:

Angela said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, and for sharing some of my ideas on yours.

I LOVED your post about Elijah, by the way. I'm writing a devotion right now for my other blog (mspowell.blogspot.com) and am going to link to yours in it when I'm done. I didn't think anyone else in the universe was reading I Kings right now! God showed you an entirely different message from Elijah's life, and I love that. I think people will enjoy reading about both. :-)

meredith* said...

i liked that, i think it applies really heavily to me!