I’ll just come right out and say it–to all of the elective and exploratory subject teachers with whom I’ve worked over the years, as a school administrator I’ve failed you. And miserably too.
Trying to answer to all the legislative mandates, rules, and regulations that have placed such heavy emphasis on core subjects; professional learning community and small learning team meetings using data from core subject classes; special education IEP compliance and progress monitoring of goals generally within core subject areas…I find myself virtually ignoring elective and exploratory teachers.
I promise I don’t play favorites. I definitely don’t think you’re invisible. And I certainly don’t discredit your subject-matter.
And here’s the worst part…I’ve even made a recent effort to fix this and communicate and collaborate evenly with elective teachers.
Yeah, that lasted all of one day.
This morning, our high school students had to complete various district-mandated assessments which called for students to miss their morning classes, both core and electives. But did the elective teachers know that? Nope. Well, in fairness they did find out during 2nd hour. Unfortunately it was just a bit too late, eh?
I can probably hold you captive for several hours sharing the various incidents of failed communication and collaboration with elective teachers. But, you’ll have to take my word for it.
So to my elective teachers, I commit myself from this day forward, to evenly communicate and collaborate with you. I already have a rather solid personal relationship with these teachers, but I have been working differently with them as well. To some, it may appear disrespectful, disregarding, and disingenuous.
I will spend much more time in your classrooms. I will provide feedback, input, and ideas. I will listen and value your suggestions. I will gain more instructional resources for your classes. And I will definitely do my absolute-best to respect your subject area as I would any core subject.
You may be skeptical. And I understand. But give me time. Hold me accountable.
Just don’t ask me to play basketball when I’m wearing my dress shoes. I lose several inches from my vertical!
This blog entry was also posted at James Brauer’s blog, Connected Educators.