Whoa, three weeks in a row! That is good for me. Hopefully I can keep it up.
Today’s post has to do with leadership. One of the things this reminds me of is the activity a teacher started by having his students write “I wish my teacher knew…” Some extended this to “I wish my parents knew…” and “I wish my principal knew…”
If I had any foresight, I might have interviewed some folks about what the principal should know. But, I didn’t. Sorry. So, I decided to steal from this post about this idea. These responses were from a WeAreTeachers survey and not necessarily reflective of my current or past administrators. I may be tenured, but I’m not stupid.
Treat us like professionals. This is a big one for our field, it seems. I am fortunate to be working for an administrator who does this. He understands that we have worked hard to get where we are, and that our time is valuable. It is very helpful when he is able to trust us to do our jobs, as professionals.
Be Positive. As the educational leader of our school, the positive attitude of the administration is good. Getting “called to the principal’s office” is still a source of anxiety for many of us. Because teaching is so difficult and emotionally draining at times, getting a realistic (and genuine) positive comment can be what helps us keep moving forward.
Lighten Our Workload– Not that our Admin doesn’t have enough on their plate, but helping us to lighten our load can boost moral and respect. There are many things that are a part of the natural ebb and flow of teaching, but lightening our workload (or not adding unnecessary things) can help the overwhelming-ness of teaching not seem so overwhelming.
We Want You to Provide Consequences/Discipline. One teacher mentioned wanting someone else to ‘be the bad guy’ sometimes can help. While we work our own classroom discipline plans, knowing we have the support of Admin on this issue can really help relieve some of the burden. Sometimes, another call home from the teacher is not going to help. Sometimes, we need that contact to be from someone else. That, we the teacher, are not simply picking on ‘their kid”.
We Appreciate You. Sometimes, as teachers, it can be tempting to see the admin in an adversarial role. Sometimes this is our own issues; sometimes it is because of the leadership style of the admin. No matter what your leader “looks like”, let them know you appreciate them.
They are often the one parents call. They also have a boss and have expectations given to them that they have no control over, just like us. They mess up. They forget stuff. We should be able to empathize with that and sometimes we should: treat them like a professional, trusting that they have our students’ interests in mind, be positive. They get a bunch of stuff too. They lead our school, the best they know how. They are often still learning, too. Give them some grace, too.
We are leaders, whether it is over a school or our classrooms. We are in this together.
That’s better than the morning of. 🙂 Hopefully your break was relaxing and refreshing.
Everyone’s doing it!
How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences– Great look at the different styles of Unconferences AKA EdCamps.
The Impact of Awards– George Couros questions the connection between trying to have our students understand they are all special and have different gifts and the awards we give them…which sort of say, no, they’re not.
Four Teaching Moves that Promote a Growth Mindset in all Readers– Just what it sounds like. 🙂
Remixing Traditional Lessons with Tech-“They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it.”
Googled Drawings Manifesto for Teachers– Some tips and tricks on how to use it and how to get students using it.
This is a great little eBook that Matt Miller (ditchthattextbook.com) compiled by asking folks on Twitter to share their creative uses for our everyday items that we might get from our supply room.
Take some time to check it out.
Living on the wild side.
If you don’t love Bad Lip Reading, I am not sure I can help you. 🙂
Alright, so I am going to try and post a few pieces about technology. However, my schedule will be getting a little crazy the next couple months, so I will probably not be doing that as regularly.
That said, I named the post CUEsday because I will be going to the CUE conference in March and it is largely about being creative and using technology in the classroom. Needless to say, I am pretty excited. So, in that spirit I am hoping to share some of the technology I am currently using or that seem to have a useful feature to possibly add to our classroom toolbox.
The app/website I will be looking at today is Remind. First off- It’s free!!
What is it?
- Remind is basically a way to communicate with parents, all or just a few, in a simple way WITHOUT giving out your phone number. Some people are not too weird about that, and most times it would be okay, but I just try not to.
What is it like?
- If you have used Class Dojo’s (CD) messenger; it is similar. I don’t use CD as much, so I mostly use this.
- Send text messages to every parent who signed up–all at once.
- Set office hours
- Parents can message teacher–and all message threads are saved. (A good documentation piece)
- Attachments- Could be used to attach homework or school announcement
- Parents can receive text alerts or email alerts. Most people have one or the other.
- The hardest part is getting ALL parents on board. I usually try to get them all signed up at Parent Conferences, though some slip through. After some wrangling, coercion, begging and bombardment of parent slips reminding them to sign up, I have most parents signed up.
- That’s about it. It is very easy to use, if you can send a text, or email, YOU can do this!
Use it…or don’t. Plus, with Parent conferences coming up, this would be a great time to make sure everyone is signed up by the time they leave. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, there are only a few months left. 🙂
If you have any questions about this app or others you would like to see, let me know in the comments.