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Old 05-16-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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It's a position of perceived power.

I was personal friends with one of my administrators, and it was a difficult position. When I moved out of the classroom into a counselor position, our relationship changed and she seemed to consider me "one of them" more so, and tried to get information from me. I found it difficult to separate personal from professional sometimes, and remember what position I held at work, and what position our friendship held outside of work.

Sometimes she'd ask for my "take" of certain policies or positions, without asking for information about specific teachers. Those felt more professional, as an admin asks a counselor (small school, I was in charge of a lot of things like testing and teacher training). Once in a while, she'd ask things about specific teachers and what she thought might be going on in their classrooms. Those felt out of my circle.
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