The role of the principal covers many different areas including leadership, teacher evaluation, student discipline and also some others. Being an effective principal is hard work and is time consuming. A good principal is balanced within all their roles and works hard to ensure that that they are doing what they feel is best for all constituents involved. Each school principal is the primary leader in a school building. A good leader always leads by example. A principal should be positive, enthusiastic, have their hand in the day to day activities of the school, and listen to what their constituents are saying. An effective leader is available to teachers, staff members, parents, community members and students. Good leaders stays calm in difficult situations, thinks before they act, and puts the needs of the school before themselves. Even in case it is not a part of their daily routine, an effective leader steps up to fill in holes as needed. A large part of any school principal’s job is to handle student discipline. To make sure that your teachers know what you are expecting when it comes to student discipline is the first step of having effective student discipline.

Some roles of the principal

Your job becomes easier once they understand how you want them to handle it The discipline issues you deal will mostly come from teacher referrals. There are times that this can take a large part of the day. A good principal will listen to all sides of an issue without jumping to conclusions collecting as much evidence as you can. A principal role in student discipline is much like that of a judge and a jury. You decide whether the student is guilty of a disciplinary infraction and what penalty should be enforced. An effective principal always documents discipline issues, makes fair decisions, and informs parents when necessary. Most principals also are responsible for evaluating their teachers’ performance following district and state guidelines. Each of the effective schools has to have effective teachers first and the teacher evaluation process which is in place to make sure that the teachers in your building are effective. Evaluations should be fair and well documented pointed out both strengths and weaknesses. Spend as much quality time in your classrooms as possible. Gather information each time you visit, even if it is just for a few minutes. Doing this allows the evaluation to have a larger collection of evidence of what actually goes on in a classroom, than a principal who has had minimal visits to a classroom. In case the expectations are not being met, a good evaluator always lets their teachers know what their expectations are and then offers suggestions for improvement. Developing, implementing, and evaluating the programs within your school is another large part of a school principal’s role. A principal should always be looking for ways to improve the student experience at school. Developing effective programs that cover a variety of areas is one way to ensure this.