Tips for administrators

As a veteran teacher, Ms. Cornelius has tips for new administrators (or old ones willing to listen).

1. Have meetings only if you have something to say. Holding meetings for the sake of holding meetings, or to show the higher-ups that you hold regular meetings, wastes valuable time for everyone. This is especially important in the days before the school year actually starts. Teachers are trying to get their classrooms ready — sometimes after the summer maintenance staff has broken or misplaced half of their belongings — and the last thing they need is for you to read a Powerpoint presentation to them like they are preschoolers.

And how do you find something to say? Walk out amongst us, into the school, into the classroom, into the hallways. Stay current on what’s going on in education. Ask people what they need and what they think. Then take that seriously.

2. Telling a room full of people you appreciate them is very nice indeed. Telling five individuals on your staff you appreciate something specific they have done is far nicer.

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She also suggests watching The Caine Mutiny, Mr. Roberts and Office Space for ideas on what not to do.

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  1. That is awesome advice for administrators. I hope a lot of them take it to heart.

  2. Mrs. Davis says:

    Aren’t administrators former teachers?

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Joanne. And in response to Mrs. Davis: Sadly, some administrators are NOT former teachers. Some administrators are people who hated teaching, and that is part of the problem.