Discussion in 'General Education' started by teaching-is-hell, Jan 7, 2019.
Jan 12, 2019 at 11:09 AM
My admin this year does not interact with our students at all. I find it very strange.
Jan 12, 2019 at 11:53 AM
@YoungTeacherGuy, I’ve always wondered, why do districts cycle their admin from site to site? If a P or VP is doing great things for a school, then wouldn’t it behoove said school to have an employee who is fully invested in it long term as opposed to just the short term?
Jan 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM
If you understand people's motivation, it isn't very strange at all. Just because somebody is pursuing a career in education (in some shape) doesn't mean they like children or actually WANT to be educators. We've talked on this board about different "types'' of people and this profession just draws them in. One of my grad classmates (openly with friends) admitted she only studied Childhood Education because she thought it would be "easy.'' Having conversations with her you could tell she really didn't have the patience or desire to work with children. She was also a really lazy student. She bothered me a lot. Some people only become teachers to secure an admin job; they have no desire to be career teachers and only get the experience so that they can move up. I had another classmate who claimed "I think I want to be a principal.'' He was literally in his first semester of an education program... he hadn't even taught yet.
During my first year, one of the former teachers became an instructional coach because she really didn't want to deal with the kids anymore and couldn't hack it in a classroom. It showed. She wasn't a great coach either. There's a difference between being an awesome teacher who is ready to take the next step and challenge yourself... there's another being one who is looking for an "out'' while still being able to say "I teach.'' Those people bother me. Down the road I may want to work my way into the coaching, but this will be long after I've put in some serious years (at least 10) to get some real classroom experience and credibility. I want to become the "Literacy expert'' in the school I ultimately land at.
Jan 12, 2019 at 9:37 PM
OP is not considering a school admin position..
Jan 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM
We (site administrators) are at the mercy of the superintendent and school board. If they want to move us, then they move us. We have zero say. None whatsoever.
We've been told that each spring, they write the names of each school on a large white board along with the names of each P & VP on post-it notes. Then, they move us around or keep us where we are based on "fit". It's a several hour long process and about 5-6 people have a say in who goes where. Many, many factors come into play when they place us at a particular school.
Jan 14, 2019 at 12:27 PM
I love our current admin team! Our principal is constantly in the hall and popping into classrooms just to say hi. We have over 1600 students, and I'd bet she knows 1000 names, just from stopping and introducing herself in the hallway, and attending every kind of school event imaginable! Our three APs and assistant AP are also always out in the halls during class changes and and lunch. Each teacher here has a freshman or 2 to mentor, and our admin always sign up to mentor, as well. It makes such a difference! They never ask teachers to do anything they aren't also doing.
Jan 14, 2019 at 6:03 PM
I am still alive and enjoying my new career. It turned out a coworker who got hired at the same time as me was a teacher himself, taught in inner-city and overseas.
Jan 15, 2019 at 6:40 AM
I might have missed it. What is your new career?
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