New teachers should stay off the administrative radar, advises Roxanna Elden in Your Principles vs. Your Principal: How to Speak Up and When to Shut Up.
School meetings tend to be top-down affairs: Administrators deliver information from the front of the cafeteria or auditorium, and teachers sit silently on the receiving end. Should you try to change this dynamic? Should you be the one to speak out? Should you lead the way in challenging high-level decisions, thus taking a stand for your educational beliefs and proving to administrators and colleagues alike that even new teachers deserve a place at the decision-making table?
New teachers should wait to speak up till they’ve built credibility with their colleagues, Elden suggests. Till then, stay quiet and look attentive.