Quick Tip: Challenging Boss
Some administrators can be intimidating in efforts to reform their school and show profound progress with student learning. If we think we are under pressure, just think about the pressure they are under. Their name and their professional career are tied to academic and behavioral performance of every student in the school, yet they aren’t able to be with the students day in and day out. They can only ensure the success of their students by ensuring you are doing what you can to make the difference. If your administrator is being challenging, take a moment to be reflective in identifying the reason. Don’t waste your time fighting them. Show that you care and show your eagerness in improving your teaching craft. However we can only change so much at one time. So if you are feeling overwhelmed by the expectations ask them for the three priority areas for you to focus on before your next observation. Work on them. Be personally reflective. Be proactive by looking up model lessons on our learning modules, on youtube, the teachingchannel.org or edutopia.org. Spend extra effort preparing for the next lesson and show that you are in control and confident.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.