Open Access Graduate Research Paper
School administrators--Attitudes; Teacher-administrator relationships; Student-administrator relationships; School management and organization; School personnel management;
I believe in being a proactive administrator. I do not want to be recognized simply as the authority figure in the school that is rarely seen. My door will always be open, and I will be seen in the classrooms as well as throughout the school. I want to be active in the teaching process. Another goal of mine is to teach a subject in each classroom. I would try to teach one class for each teacher at least once a semester. I believe this serves several purposes. First, it keeps me connected with the classroom subject matter and teaching methodology. Also, it will help me to get to know the students on a more personal level. Finally, it would allow the teachers an extra planning period. Hopefully this would help develop a positive staff relationship by showing a genuine concern for instruction and the work that teachers do in the classroom. This would be something that I would definitely want to try to implement my first year on the job. I would also make sure that it continued through my tenure as principal. My first year as a principal will be a time for me to become familiar with the school environment. I will not make any major changes the first year unless I am forced to do so . I believe that this time should be spent becoming competent in performing administrative duties and evaluating existing procedures, structures and goals. Also, it will be a time to develop relationships with staff, students, and parents so that I may gain their trust and confidence. This is important so that the staff and parents will be more open to change in the future.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
David K. Else
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©1997 Floyd Athay
Athay, Floyd, "A preferred vision for administering elementary schools : a reflective essay" (1997). Graduate Research Papers. 284.