How Much Communication w/Admin?

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  1. Ron6103

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    I work in a bit of a dual role, as I teach in the morning, and work in the main office in the afternoon (technology specialist), so I tend to talk to our administrators pretty much every day, several times. That said, my office is almost directly across from both of them, so it would probably be odd if I didn't speak to them.

    But... I do know there are plenty of teachers in my building that almost never speak to the administrators unless they have to. We have about 1,000 kids in the building, so not a super-huge place, but big enough that if you don't want to talk to someone, you can generally successfully avoid them.
     
  2. BioAngel

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    I had a really bad supervisor my first 2 years of teaching- it left me anxious and terrified every time I had to talk to any one above me.

    Then I was able to change schools (SO THANKFUL) and the P there was awesome- a great mentor, who was kind and supportive, even when I messed up. I was still nervous around her, but only when I was talking business- not when it was just personal stuff going on.

    The new P at the school last year left most of us wanting to avoid her- she had a stressful first year (no big surprise about that- my first year was bad...) and took it out on some of us because of it- but so far this year she's been really nice, has been working more with us, and I'm trying to force myself to go to her to ask her questions instead of just emailing. She's encouraged me to take on new roles and I'm doing pretty well with them and she's been complimenting me a lot about my work so I feel better about approaching her. Not that I don't think I'll never mess up but I hope she'll at least approach me in a manner of "Let's try to fix this together" and not "You're awful!". I think it helped that I told her upfront last year that I had a bad supervisor who did not know how to mentor me, but I do appreciate feedback from my boss- I think I made it sound more like "if you don't like something, don't be too hard on me because I'll end up being a million times harder on myself if you are", so I think she got the idea (I'm starting to think she and I have very similar personalities- we want to do things right and can get emotionally upset and be disappointed in ourselves if we screw up).
     
  3. chitown

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    I make it a point to say hello if I see my administrators, but I haven't really had any conversations with them other than my interview. This is my first full year, and I'm brand new to my school, so I am very intimidated by administrators. I inadvertently invited one of my APs to stop in to the classroom and observe, so now I'm terrified! I hope I can become comfortable around the administrators at some point, but I don't know how soon that will be.
     
  4. catnfiddle

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    Wow. My principal is the teacher advocate and cheerleader. I connect with her by phone, email, or webchat at least once a day during the beginning of school. I've already had a problematic situation with a student fibbing about my class to her parents in the hopes of going to a different school. P has been amazing. She acts as if she works for me instead of vice-versa.
     
  5. HistoryVA

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    My school is very large and our admin team is extremely busy. They're not the type of people to chat with, for the most part. I have a conversation with my P once a year for evals. I would never email her about an issue, because we have a chain of command.

    I email APs a couple times a week (although there's one I avoid), but never for personal reasons.
     
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    1st school - principal was fantastic. I would speak to her at least 3 times a week.

    2nd school - principal was awful. Avoided her like the plague Dealt more with the AP who was good.

    3rd school - principal was nice. He had his fav group.

    4th school - principal was ok. He seemed very stand-offish so I didn't talk to him a lot. The AP and became great friends though.

    In my present position, I only speak to the admin on campus when I'm actually on the campus, which could be up to 2-3 times a week. I talk to my director every day, even if it's not about particular students/situations.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    Concerns, comments, questions, requests (for things needed for the classroom, etc.). I would never just go down to the office to say hi during the day. I did have a weird conversation with the AP once near the coffee machine in the lounge. I just asked her something and she sat down and started "chatting". If you knew her you'd think it was weird too :lol:
     
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    Email as needed. As the gateway to the upper level administration, as needed for the basics. Otherwise, I avoid as much as possible. It seems like contact ends up with me volunteering to do something they want without any tit for tat.
     
  9. Rox

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    My principal's office is at another site. My previous principal would stop by maybe once per month, but he always answered emails immediately or whenever he had the answer. My current principal doesn't even read his emails, so I don't contact him ever. I will email him for documentation purposes, but that is all.
     
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    Former school - big school (for elementary) 800ish students. P and AP. I talked to my P very rarely, just when passing in the hallways. Our main conversations were when I was observed/evaluated twice a year. Sometimes I emailed him, but most of my questions could be directed to the AP. My P was very nice and a good leader, but the school was more formal I guess...hard to explain.

    Current school - small site, I see/talk to my P every day. I walk by her office on the way to my room. She's extremely approachable and sometimes eats lunch with us in the break room. It's a change for me, but I really like it.
     
  11. waterfall

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    I'm comfortable going in to talk about school matters but I would never stop by the office just to chat. I'm really comfortable with our AP, but I would assume she'd be too busy for chatting anyway. I don't mind the principal, but she's much harder to read so I'm not as comfortable around her. I always go to the AP to talk about things whenever possible.
     
  12. monsieurteacher

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    I talk to my principal on a regular basis. She's new to our school this year, and I love that she is out on duty and in classrooms regularly. Our VP, I talk to less regularly, but only because she has a classroom to teach in for 3.5 days a week, so I don't see her as regularly. She is really great though, too.
     
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    We have 3 buildings and 1,400 students. There is an AP for each building, plus my principal. I talk to my building AP regularly because I love her. (This is new...last year I was in a different building with a terrible AP and we avoided each other at all costs.) I never see the 3rd AP, so we never talk. I talk to my P as much as I can. We text sometimes, but I don't see her as often since she is all over the place.

    I feel lucky to have a pretty decent and open Admin team.
     

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