TOP SECRET: For Principals’ Eyes Only

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Are you a Principal?

Yes? Read on. No? Walk away from the screen. You were never here.


Last year I posed a question in a blog post.

Why did the principal cross the corridor? Why would the principal of your school come into your classroom?

As principals, I thought it might be useful to share the results with you.

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Three results really stand out for me.

i. Nearly 30% of teachers think that their principal would cross the corridor to hang out with the kids and see what they’re up to. 

I think this is great, because after all this is what we’re all about! But I wonder why this figure isn’t higher…

ii. 31% of teachers wouldn’t expect to see their principal in their classroom.

I wonder why principals aren’t popping into these classrooms? What would you say to these principals?

iii. Not a single respondent thought their principal would come into their classroom to learn from them.

It’s a shame that teachers feel this way, as I’m confident most principals are well aware that they could learn a great deal from their staff.

I wonder what you can do in your school or those schools in your networks that would positively influence these figures?

I’d love to hear some of your ideas below in the comments section.

0 Comments on “TOP SECRET: For Principals’ Eyes Only

  1. Leaders come in numerous different styles, and these different styles work for different team members. One is not necessarily better than another in terms of getting results from any given team. Having said that… I’ve forgotten my Principal’s name… and I’m a year level coordinator!

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