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.
     
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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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