kitchen table math, the sequel: anonymous on what administrators want

Friday, May 1, 2009

anonymous on what administrators want

I just lost my position.... I wish I knew what they wanted. When students are silent in rows, they prescribe groups. When they are talking too much, they prescribe quietly sitting in rows.


ElizabethB said...

My dad said that the only thing he thought they did was make his job harder!

SteveH said...

Some of this is normal in any organization; managers and bosses don't have a clue. How about some stories from an administrator's perspective. They have problems from above and below. They don't all have pointy hair.

I sometimes get the feeling that I'm supposed to hop on someone's agenda bandwagon when I really don't know what that agenda is. My agenda has to do with math and pedagogy. This could put me on different sides of some sort of internal school power struggle. (A struggle that the school doesn't want me to know anything about.)

In my son's school, the principal has been trying to get the lower grade teachers to focus more on mastery and offering more for students who are ready. Apparently, the (tenured) teachers want to do what they want to do. This admission slipped out when I talked with her about the problems of Everyday Math.

I get the feeling that issues revolve around teachers, administrations, and school committees, and that the issues are all tied to money. As a parent, I feel like I'm on the outside saying "YooHoo!", "Remember me?"

Mrs. W. said...

They want results. They want team players. They want professionalism.