This post has been sitting in my drafts, unfinished, for way too long. So I think it is time. Below you will find a collection of links. Links that have been shared to me by my boss (@hainesjamie), and all sent at the exact moment I needed them.
When your principal knows you well enough, to find the article that explains your existence as a teacher better than you can:
4 Classroom Rules I Always Forget to Enforce
Maybe a better teacher would enforce all these rules…but I just can’t.
When your principal shares the right article that speaks to your heart, despite what we learn in teacher training.
Relationships Over Rules: Separating Fact from Fiction
"We simply believe wholeheartedly that the relational piece has to play a major role in the disciplinary process. If it doesn't, you’ll never reach the heart of any kid and the result is merely temporary behavior modification. We can do better."
When your principal shares an article that isn't easy to always follow, especially when we're having one of "those" days.
Should teachers use collective punishment?
"Alright, that’s it. You guys can’t handle this activity, we’re shutting it down right now. Everybody, clean up. It’s over.”
When your principal believes in the power of student centered learning and actively searches out for help.
#CLStech17 Student Centered Tips and Questions
Tips and Questions on Student Centered Classrooms
When your principal hasn't forgotten how difficult it can be to reach combative parents.
Uh oh! How do you work with a combative parent? #askanadmin
"We’ve all got parents who are passionate for their students, who want to make sure that they are doing all that they can to ensure their students success. What happens when that passion comes across as combative? "
When your principal sends you articles because she knows you as a person, and knows what you need to hear.
The Danger of a Dominant Identity
"But there has to be a rejection of single-identity thinking and a continual embrace of the reality that each of us is a mansion with many rooms."
From a classroom teacher to all those admin who "get it". Thank you for sharing your beliefs link-by-link and tweet-by-tweet, we appreciate you!
Holly Mecher. ADE. Runner. Life-long lover of books. Google Certified Educator.