Three Things I Learnt:
- We learnt today about what it means to be an affective principal. The principal is at the heart of the school, and they are the one that establishes the effective learning environment in the school. We defined a good principal as someone who is “supportive, trustworthy, engaged, and attentive”. We would see a good principal as someone who makes decisions with the teachers, and communicates with the teachers at least once a day
- We learnt today the relationship between the principal and the school community is a critical element of the success of the students.
- We learnt today that the role of the principal is an increasingly multifaceted and complex role. This means that principals need to constantly set and adapt goals, and reflect on the needs of the school and community. The goals of the teachers influence the goals and values of the entire school.
Two Connection I Made:
- In high school, my principal would fit the description of an effective principle to a “T”. She was incredibly friendly, focused, determined, hard working, compassionate, caring, and professional. We enjoyed spending time with her as students, but we also respected her authority. Being from a small town, it was not uncommon to see her car at the school until 10:00PM at night on weekdays and weekends. She worked hard to organize events for the community, and she worked hard at being transparent. Not only did she run the school, but she was engaged in extra-curricular events as well. Lastly, she was the type of person that set personal goals, and she brought those into her workplace in order to show other students and teachers that she’s always adapting and changing for the better.
- On the contrary, I had a principal for a brief time that was well known as a poor principal. Not only was he perceived as cold and “rough”, we changed the culture of the school against the student’s wants. To be more specific, he cancelled field trips and changed the values of the school without consoling other teachers or students, and he was never forgiven. As a result he actually changed school’s values. This to me is an example of how a principal sets the tone for the school environment and the people who work and learn within it.
One Question I Have
1) What is appropriate to ask of your principal, and how much can you “lean on” them?