The school board can be considered the governing body of a school district. They are the only elected officials within an individual school district that have a say in the daily operations of that school district.
There are many pros and cons of being a principal. It can be a most rewarding job, and it can also be a extremely stressful job. Not everyone is cut out to be a principal. There are certain characteristics that a good principal will possess.
A major aspect of a principal's job is to provide help for teachers in improving the quality of their teaching. All teachers have areas in which they can improve. There are so many different facets to being a teacher that it is impossible to be a master at everything. The observation and evaluation system is designed for principals to identify a teacher's strength and weaknesses and to establish a plan to improve each weakness. This can be done through a variety of different methods. What works for one teacher may not work for another. A principal must build trust, create a plan, adjust when needed, and work with each teacher to maximize their potential.
I have added three new terms to the teaching glossary for the month of April. This glossary is intended to add a level of depth and understanding to the published content on this site.
Administrators and teachers face difficult decisions each day. These scenarios focus on specific decisions that an administrator or teacher may have to make. Each potential decision is keyed with a brief introduction, who will be making the decision, the grade level, a brief scenario, and finally a possible decision. These are only intended to provoke thought and discussion. Each real life situation is unique and may require a different decision be made. This month I am featuring two decisions that educators may face at any time.