How Much Communication w/Admin?

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    How often do you have conversations (via email or in person) with your administrators?

    I've known a handful of my teachers since back when I was a classroom teacher. They're pretty friendly with me and stop by for a chat when they're dropping their kids off in the cafeteria for lunch or while I'm at yard duty. During the times I'm actually in my office, they might stop by to ask how my day is going.

    Other teachers won't approach me at all; however, they'll email me whenever they have a concern/comment/question.

    A few teachers don't ever ask me for anything at all. Ever!

    Thinking back to when I was a classroom teacher, there were 2-3 administrators who I completely stayed away from (for various reasons). There were a few, however, who I was completely comfortable chatting with (either about school or other unrelated topics).
     
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    I'll usually chat with both my principal and vice-principal at least once a week. Sometimes, it's a quick "Hi. How are things?" and other times, it's a longer conversation, either about students, school events, or family. I'm comfortable speaking with both of them about anything. Most of the staff feel the same way.
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    Only when necessary. Now, many of my coworkers go out of their way to kiss butt. And many do a lot of complaining.

    I am actually shocked when new administrators know my name because we have so little contact.
     
  5. giraffe326

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    NC P- I'd stop just to chat. I tended to talk to her more face to face than email. The way NC does it, she is out of the building a lot (sometimes 50% or more), so I can't say that I talked every day, but usually at least once a week. When she was out, I'd talk to her about school related stuff via email.

    NC AP#1- Terrible. I avoided her at all costs. When the P was out, we tended to things ourselves.

    NC AP#2- great but a newbie. I only worked with him for a partial year.

    Charter P- Terrible. I avoided her at all costs. She was very 'power trip'ish.

    LTS P- Great. I would talk to him or email all the time. Never personal, since I didn't work there long. He is my 2nd favorite P behind my NC P. Not that he's had a lot of competition!

    Long commute P- I rarely spoke with her. She had terrible follow through and was not very available.

    New P- we'll see. She seems nice and down to earth. Doesn't seem to be as strong of a leader as NC P and LTS P.
     
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    Nearly daily. His office is right next to our mailboxes so if his door is open, I always say hi. We may chat a little or not. I feel comfortable approaching him with questions but I try to respect the fact that he's busy.
     
  7. Go Blue!

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    I ONLY talk to my Admin when they call me in to talk to them or if I have an immediate concern that is pretty much an emergency. My Admin can be slow to respond to requests through email.

    Anything else, I will email to ask about even if I pass them in the office/hallway.
     
  8. Ima Teacher

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    I generally talk to the principal, assistant principal, and counselor at least once a day. Our school is small, so they helps.

    We used to have a superintendent that visited every school in the district every day.
     
  9. LouiseB

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    I don't think my principal likes me. He will say hello to me but I really don't care to talk with him. In my school, he talks to some and others he doesn't say a word. It depends on who you are.
     
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    I talk to both of them daily.
     
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    That is how my Admin is; my P has favorites. The favorites are always in the know, even about other people's personal business, and they often get whatever they ask for (if possible). The rest of us are either ignored or disliked (sometime blatantly).
     
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    Rarely. I try to submarine it at school these days.
     
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    I was friends with my previous admin. We talked often. We have a new admin now. We talk maybe once a week.
     
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    Our staff is very open and friendly... The principal and AP are out and about all of the time, and I imagine they both talk to all of us every day.
     
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    We have pretty good contact with our admin. Our P and AP both are always roving and can be found when we need them. Our school is also pretty small so we don't have to search far. I use email if they're away or it's a break and face to face if it doesn't bother them.
     
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    I often go weeks without speaking to my principal other than to say hello when passing her in the hall. She always says she wishes more teachers were like me because I go in, do my job, deal with my own discipline, and go home.

    When I have to contact her I do so through email if possible so she can respond when she has time. If I contact her directly she drops everything and gives me her full attention because she knows it is serious if I come to her.

    The benefit is I tend to get whatever I want. For example, I requested a document camera. It was delivered and installed within a week!
     
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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.
     
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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).
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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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