Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Food for Thought

Came across this the other day, and thought it worthy of posting for discussion.....

Quick question, if you get a spare moment, for both teachers and administrators: What would you see are the most important characteristics of an effective Middle School principal?--

All of the characteristics below meld together to create and reinforce a sense of community, energy, and positive forward motion:

An understanding and appreciation of school culture

A clear and inspiring vision of where school is headed

A love of kids and a concurrent ability to relate to them

A love of teaching and a concurrent ability to relate to teachers

An ability to listen effectively

An ability to make and implement effective decisions

A recognition that neither the principal nor anyone else is perfect, and that's ok

A very thick skin (unfortunately!)

An ability to advance financial stability of school

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Exodus Continues

Newszap has been quiet since the great purging, but we get a parent here who is leaving effectively immediately.

What is important isn't the specific reason....I'm not going to argue about whether or not the tracking is or isn't a good idea. This is a perfect example where I'll beg ignorance as to the best methodology...but that isn't the reason this person is leaving. It is the lack of communication, responsiveness, and quite simply a character issue that is the reason the person is leaving.