Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Easing back in...

I wanted to wait until my spring break before I came back to blogging, but I thought it might be best to ease my way back in--less pressure.
With my school in the process of hiring a new principal, and despite not getting selected for the hiring committee, I am curious to know what the edublogging community believes are the necessary philosphy and skills needed for turning around a "failing" school. I ask, not as a knock against the outgoing principal, because the reality is that we are not as successful as we need to be.

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At 5:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the teachers teach. Believe in them. Don't make the teachers feel like they always have to be on guard (against admin.) Believe all kids want to learn. Find out what the community's goals are. Are they the same as the federal governments goals? Stop the constant testing. Immediate discipline for problem behaviors.

 
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At 2:29 PM , Blogger Scooter Mom said...

We are also going through the hiring process of a new principal and I am not on the hiring team either (was selected to assist in the hiring of the new guidance counselor instead). This year, we are also gaining a new Superintendent who hails from Massachusetts. I think that a philosophy of consistency and good communication between school/parent/student are key to a school's success. I have been teaching now for 14 years and have been in my current position for 12 and we were most successful about 10 years ago when those things were happening. I also think that there needs to be a sense of ownership of the school among staff and students. Just my .02...glad you are back!

 
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At 7:56 AM , Anonymous Glen said...

I'd say a belief that having a small set of rules consistently applied helps students (and staff) to know where they stand. Don't have rules that are not applied, they breed contempt and confusion.

Also, you don't need an administrator, but a knowledgeable leader and manager, who knows their staff/students and will take action to make sure everyone meets their responsibilities. They should keep out of their office, wandering corridors and visiting classes routinely, so a trusting relationship can be built up.

Never met such a beast yet, so good luck.

 
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At 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not quite sure where you develop your advice for people, however I would like to thank you for your discouraging words you give to those looking to make a difference in young minds everywhere. I read your thoughts on someone who was on unable to pass their teaching exam after 3 tries. I believe you stated "they do not belong in the classroom". Well, this recently happend to me and I appreciate your optimism and I suppose I should just give up and work somewhere that more suits my mind. I wish you the best in your own teachings, but I would like to invite you start seeing the world from a variety of angles.

 
At 4:47 PM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

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At 4:23 PM , OpenID dkzody said...

Came by here to say that our poorly performing school just hired a new principal, young guy with a doctorate from southern cali for middle of San Joaquin Valley inner city school. We will see how it all works out.

Then read the comment above: anonymous, I don't think we need you in education. Perhaps you are best suited for a job elsewhere.

 
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