All the teachers on staff just finished individual meetings with our administrative team. And although the meetings were around 3 specific questions, the idea of the meetings got me thinking about what I want from my administrators.
With 18 years of teaching experience behind me, I feel pretty confident in my teaching. My classroom management is quite solid. I'm constantly working on my professional development whether it be around new curriculum, assessment or teacher librarianship. I have a strong PLN through Twitter that helps push me forward and prompts me to reflect on my practice. So, at the end of the day, what do I want from my administration? I want to be inspired.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams
I would love to be reinvigorated about my work. I want to be inspired. Don't get me wrong, I love my job but I often feel like I do everything in isolation and struggle against the barriers in the system. It would be great to have more opportunities to collaborate, to see other schools, and to explore technology meaningfully. That all boils down to more time. It would also be delightful to be understood and heard as a teacher.
With 14 more years left of teaching, I fear that I won't have an administrator who inspires. Principals and vice principals are no longer leaders but managers. They have to spend too much time dealing with paperwork and email and rarely get out of their offices to see classes in action. The combination of not seeing their current school's classrooms in action along with not having taught in years means that they quickly forget the daily issues facing classroom teachers and focus on the overwhelming task of managing the school. The divide seems to be getting wider no matter how hard we try to work together.
And so, inspiration must come from other sources. And it does.