What do teachers need from administrators? That’s a great question? It would be nice for administrators to hear straight from teachers on this.
On Wednesday nights at 8:00 CST, you can follow the #TXED chat and find great dialogue from administrators, teachers, and many other educational professionals from Texas, many others states, and even from other countries. This week the topic up for discussion was WHAT DO TEACHERS NEED FROM ADMINISTRATORS? It was a fast paced chat as usual, and as I was following along, I tried to write down many of of the comments that teachers made.
What do principals need to keep in mind? Here is just a sample of what the teachers said …
- just listen
- always have a bowl of chocolate
- teachers need time … allow for personal time
- protect instructional time … there needs to be fewer interruptions
- model what you want teachers to do
- build relationships
- be visible
- trust teachers
- be in classrooms more often and give feedback
- celebrate strengths
- have a Teacher-Brag-Board, and give shout-outs
- realize that the atmosphere and culture are most important
- principals need an open door
- listen, actively
- teachers are problem solvers
- going to the bathroom is a luxury
- be a mentor
- be a collaborator
- show, don’t tell
- teachers, students, and administrators — all are learners!
Teachers: What do you think about this list? Agree? Disagree? What can you add to it?
Administrators: What more can you do to support your teachers?