Teacher lead schools

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Katherine - posted on 09/08/2010

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It makes you wonder what kind of effect it will have on the entire school. The dynamics of the school.

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A teacher having a classroom plus being principal? Someone will suffer, either her students or the entire school. That's way too much for one person.

Katherine - posted on 09/07/2010

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Who will do the admistrative work? They were talking about having one teacher basically having the rol of the principal. Kind of negates the whole thing IMO. I think it will throw the entire school out of wack.

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From my experience, principals rarely know what goes on day to day inside a classroom. Sometimes I felt undermined by them.

But, also in my experience, teachers can be catty with each other. What is going to happen when two or three opposing loud-mouths try to take control and cause a split in the school?

An executive decision-maker is needed. In the last school I was at, we had a school-improvement team made up of 4 or 5 teachers. I like that the principal met with them to hear their ideas. But to make it more representative of the school, I wish that we teachers could have voted for the team, and that they were not hand-chosen by the principal.

Catherine - posted on 09/07/2010

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As a teacher, I have to say that this idea makes me nervous. It's nice at times to have an ultimate decision maker, as my experience has been that regardless of how teachers feel about each other, they tend to err a little too much on the side of "it's not my business." I'm nervous bad teachers won't be evaluated effectively, or terminated if necessary, and that nothing will get done because there's too much discussion and debate without someone finally stepping up to make a decision.

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