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Old 12-15-2018, 06:03 AM
 
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Regular poster, signed out so this doesn't out me (if anyone else on here if from my school they could figure this out). Admin recently sent out an anonymous survey for us to fill out "What I wish my principal knew about me" question. A spin off of the "What I wish my teacher knew about me" surveys I've seen teachers do. How would you answer this question? I'm not sure how personal to get.

A part of me wants to say something along the lines of, I'm trying the best I can. I have to manage real life (I have a lot of "hard things" going on) and my job, and when we tend to receive more criticism and "suggestions" than positive feedback it's very draining" but I'm not sure if that's too condescending.

What would you say if given this survey?


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I think it depends on admins motives and how vulnerable you want to be. Does admin really want to know or is it just a thing for show?

I think what you want to put is perfect. Admin needs to know we really are doing the best we can.
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I would like to tell her that just because some of us are quiet, it doesn't mean that the things we do in our classrooms are any less wonderful than the teachers who are more adept at blowing their own horns. If she made more of an effort to get to know her teaching staff and the students on a more personal level, she would realize this.

I would like to tell her that her constant emails to the staff often come across as slaps on the wrist, and that her staff is working as hard as they possibly can just about all the time. She should see specific members of the staff rather than send out these emails because we often wonder who or what she is talking about.

And I would like to tell her that her favoritism towards certain members of the staff and her willingness to listen to their opinions at the expense of everyone else's makes her look like a poor leader. Everyone should be able to express their honest opinions without her thinking they are being negative, but only certain faculty members can get away with this.

Of course, I probably wouldn't trust the anonymity of the survey and answer this bluntly or honestly, but this would be what I would like her to know.
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This is an interesting question to think about! If I were dealing with this situation IRL, I'd second what GG said. I would consider if admin really wanted to know and was trying to improve, or if it was something they were doing for show or even for more nefarious motives ( finding out things about people to use against them- yes I worked for a P who would have done this).

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I would like to tell her that just because some of us are quiet, it doesn't mean that the things we do in our classrooms are any less wonderful than the teachers who are more adept at blowing their own horns. If she made more of an effort to get to know her teaching staff and the students on a more personal level, she would realize this.
I was thinking something similar, although you worded it much better. I feel that my admin establishes a culture where the "horn tooters" are validated and encouraged, and in turn this leads to people doing things more for show rather than actually benefiting students.

Kind of a personal example, but I'm a specialist and in my building we all create our own schedules. If I have "extra time" in my schedule, I spread my kids out to make my groups smaller or more differentiated, add in extra time for kids who need it, whatever. So I teach all day long with the same planning and lunch time as classroom teachers.

Pretty much every other specialist in my building doesn't do this and has 1-2 hours of "free time" in their day. Then they end up using this time to do "horn tooting" things and get constantly recognized for going "above and beyond." Meanwhile we have kids who desperately need more intervention. I feel like my P doesn't notice or appreciate the fact that I do my actual job well. I know many of the other teachers don't.
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