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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fruit/Admin Basket Turnover

The most important thing I've learned about working with my school administrators in the past term/year is . . . that I much prefer interim administrators to full time administrators. This has been a very turbulent year for my school in terms of administration. We started the year with a new principal after our previous principal left abruptly during the summer. I did my professional introduction and rather liked the new principal. He and I saw eye to eye about the direction of my program and that was a good thing. The year then changed dramatically when charges were brought against him and he was eventually forced to resign. The county quickly brought in an interim, who had recently retired, and asked him to stay on for the year. He has been a tremendous addition and I would love for him to stay on for several more years.

The turnover wouldn't have been so difficult if it were not for the fact that out of the nine administrators we had last year, seven of them were replaced this year. Out of the two who stayed on, one of them had to leave when her husband was put in charge of investigating the principal who had the charges brought against him. Honestly, I don't really know any of the new admin team because they have been fluctuating all year. It's like a chicken with its head cut off over here. 'Nuff said.


Grummer said...

Wow! Sounds difficult. Your post makes me appreciate the stability of the admin team at my school. Out of our 6, 4 have been there for at least 7 years. I'm sure things will get better at your school as time passes. I guess teamwork doesn't happen overnight.

Josh said...

Oh yeah... tell Dr. Denney I said, "Hello."

penny said...

Hey Josh. I know what you are going through. I think we went through 3 principals in 4/5 years. Crazy. Finally we have some stability. It makes a difference for people to be in place to actually support the school instead of their resumes. Dr. Johnson is great. he actually hired me before the new principal came on at Kell. Mr. Nash was also one of our admins at Kell. Great guy. Good one to chat with. Hope everything gets settled for ya at NC.