The Power of WHY
How often have you sat in a faculty meeting or read an e-mail, and thought: “Here we go again.”?
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With one foot in the administrative world and the other out, I recognize the frustration that teachers feel when one more thing is added to their plate. On the other hand, I witness the pressure that administrators receive to accomplish a task or goal. The real question: do administrators and teachers really understand each other’s perspective?
The disconnect lies with “the why.” More often than not, teachers have no idea why they have to complete a flipped classroom presentation within a week’s time or attend a mandatory session on new district updates. They may not realize that administrators just received word about the new mandates or that a flipped classroom presentation will redeem more instructional time. As I continue this year, I challenge myself and my colleagues to understand “the why” even when there is a disconnect. We all work with phenomenal individuals. Sometimes, we just need to pause to align our thoughts: what’s best for our kiddos!