I love Alfred Thompson – I swear most of my blog posts come from his ideas. Makes writing SO much easier.
So here’s my rules for getting your own way when it comes to teaching.
- Remember that being a quiet drop of water on rock will get you farther than if you rant and rave (though there is a time for that too).
- Take a page from Grace Hopper – it is easier to apologize than get permission.
- Never ask a question that you haven’t provided an answer for. In fact, that’s my favorite technique, ask a question, and provide an answer to the question. Nine times out of time, administration is to busy to give an alternative.
- Have at least two plans of action: Example: I didn’t have enough enrollment for a full classroom teacher this year, and I needed to come up with something to do for at least two class periods. Admin. wanted me free those three class periods but this economy and a new boss, I was afraid I’d be first to fire in that situation. I gave them about three alternatives, and the one they picked was a win-win for both me and the school. (See prior post)
- In matter what position you are given, pretend that it WAS your idea, embrace it full heartedly and find a way to shine. Remember that it’s only 9 months out of your life, and that they will go long before you – that works really well at my school the longest we’ve had a principal is 4 years. In the meantime, polish your resume and network just in case they don’t go away.
- Last but most important, always make them think it was their idea. Don’t every worry about ownership. In fact, that’s clicker training 101 – positively reinforce them for stealing your ideas.