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When Educational Leadership asked me to write an article for this issue, I almost said no. In the face of the failure of funding for public schools, damaging teacher evaluation policies, stultifying infatuation with high-stakes testing, and continued national myopia regarding the influence of economic inequity on our students, to write about how to help teachers "put on a happy face" felt ludicrously peripheral.
I believed, finally, there was only one way to do this with integrity, and that was to test my own experiences and ideas in fire. I recruited seven administrators and teachers and interviewed them in person and over e-mail. This is one of the districts for which our governor intended the threat when he stated that poor-performing schools needed "a death penalty.
I asked them, What do you do, and what do you need, to stay sane? What follows is a list of recommendations for administrators that resulted from those conversations, informed by my own experiences as a public educator.
Give teachers what they ask for. These Rochester educators understand that teachers work in woefully underfunded, undersupplied conditions, even in the districts with the strongest tax bases.
They give them instead the benefit of the doubt. This is an often overlooked but crucial way an administrator builds trust. One principal I spoke to made it a priority to have at least one administrator—herself or a vice principal—step into each classroom in her building every single day.
People walking in and out [of classrooms] are part of the culture. One administrator poignantly spoke of supporting teachers who struggled with various health issues.
These types of communication, which acknowledge deeply personal situations and struggles, count the most. Treat teachers like adults. Number 3 leads naturally from Number 2.
Buildings where lesson plans, e-mail, sick time, arrivals and departures from campus, and even custodial orders are centrally examined, assessed, and debated create what philosopher Michel Foucault called the panopticon—a place where order is maintained through fear of constant and unpredictable monitoring.
Instead, the educators I spoke to took great pains to give teachers respectful autonomy, even to the point of moving past their initial impulses to the contrary.
Instead, I work hard to make sure everyone feels validated in that meeting, and then I have a private conversation with the teacher later if I have to.
The result is something closer to a "results only" workplace rather than the panopticon. As long as the work gets done, and done well, everything else is up to the teacher. As a former Rochester city superintendent wrote me, "When teachers are consistently told what to do given scripted lessons, for example and are not able to design the structure of their classes, gauge student achievement based on their own training and experience, or manage student behavior according to their strengths, then one can expect low morale.
Stated another principal bluntly, "And you never know how close a teacher is to walking out. Play with the gray. As one administrator put it, you "play with the gray.
The Rochester educators spoke of this tension between doing what their systems asked them to do and doing what they believed was ethical and humane.
Each and every educator cast these dilemmas firmly in the light of maintaining a moral stance in the context of a system that often seemed to work against them. For example, administrators often stepped in to mitigate the harsher consequences of district policy.
Deadlines were quietly extended. Yet did they break it? Is massaging the internal workings of the system enough to truly reform the system? Or that you struggle with the idea of suggesting to the parents in your school that they investigate that same course of action?
At some point, principals, administrators, and teachers may choose to shift the responsibility of reform to levels beyond the personal by participating in public protests, such as those represented at www.
My interviewees struggle with this choice every day. In the end, it was abundantly clear in these interviews that the administrators who fought for their teachers—however silently—earned ultimate respect. The Rochester administrator smiled a humble but resolute smile. Remember that morale is only a side effect.With reference to your advertisement for the post of Teacher in “The Times of India” dated 20th, February, I wish to apply for the same.
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Daily meditations, readings & gospel, saint of the day, liturgy of the hours, daily prayers, and more! Showing students you care about them helps create a positive, supportive relationship and helps build an environment where learning can flourish.
And you're modeling behavior that you want students to learn and emulate. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a.