Principals and teachers must have an effective working relationship for a school to be successful. Teachers must understand the role of the principal. Most genuinely want to work with teachers to maximize the overall learning taking place within each classroom but every principal is different. Teachers must have a clear understanding of their principal’s expectations. This understanding has to be both specific and general. Specific facts about principals are individualized and are limited to the unique qualities of a single principal. You have to get to know your own principal to get a decent idea of what they are looking for as a teacher. General facts about principals encompass the profession as a whole. They are true characteristics about virtually every principal because the job description is generally the same with subtle changes. Teachers should embrace these general and specific facts about their principal. Having this understanding will lead to greater respect and appreciation for your principal. It will foster a cooperative relationship that will benefit everyone in the school including the students whom we are charged to teach. Principals……were teachers and/or coaches themselves. We always have that experience on which we can fall back.

Facts about principals every teacher should know

Principals have to promise. In case we cannot immediately help you we are not ignoring you. We are responsible for every teacher and student in the building. We must evaluate each situation and decide whether it can wait a bit or whether it requires immediate attention. Almost everything we deal with is negative in nature. It can wear on us at times. We are usually adept at hiding the stress, but there are times when things build up to the point where you can tell. Also principals must make decisions which are very difficult. Decision making is a crucial component of our job. Our decisions are not personal. We have to do what we believe is best for our students.  We agonize over the toughest decisions making sure they are well thought out before being finalized. When you tell us thank you, principals appreciate it. We like to know when you think we are doing a decent job. Knowing that you genuinely appreciate what we do makes it easier for us to do our jobs. Principals……welcome your feedback. We are continuously looking for ways to improve. We value your perspective. Your feedback can spur us to make significant improvements. We want you to be comfortable enough with us that you can offer suggestions with a take it or leave it approach. Principals……understand individual dynamics. We are the only ones in the building that have a true idea of what goes on in each classroom through both evaluations and observations. Principals……loathe those who appear to be slackers and refuse to put in the time necessary to be effective. We want all of our teachers to be hard workers who spend extra time in their classrooms. We want teachers who realize that prep time is just as valuable as the time we actually spend teaching.