1. Great read! As educators, there should not be a single one of us who feels okay with status quo. Those who feel like they’ve reached the pinnacle of their own learning should understand they have also reached the end of their career. Learning should never cease. It is what moves us forward.

  2. Rick Gavin

    Great points George. I love working with teachers who have a thirst for learning who are super passionate about what they do and are always trying to evolve. It’s usually the best teachers who could coast for a couple of years and still be near the leading edge who are never content to do so. I have a teacher like that who will often drop by my office when I am working late with an idea or student work and we would have a wonderful challenging conversation about what she is doing and what she is planning to do. Keeps me on my toes too!

  3. Tracy Fitzwater

    Interesting. I’ve just retired after 37 years, and while part of me felt done, another part of me did not. I’ve had a few administrators over time, but I’ve only felt the sense of mentorship with a couple of them. I was often left alone to teach, which is not always comfortable. I sought out colleagues to collaborate with, bounce ideas off of, and so on, because I needed the stimulation to make changes that would benefit my students. I honestly can only think of two administrators in the last 10 — 15 years who did what you describe. I remember telling one of them, while we were setting up an observation, that unless he could tell me something that would help make me better at what I did, I didn’t see the reason for the observation. Yes, I was one of those teachers! My final oberservation was Distinguished in all categories – a parting gift, I felt, and honestly very hard for me to respect. The best leaders do not leave people alone..

  4. Deborah

    I have said part of that sentence, but the ending was different.
    “They just leave me alone and let me do what I want.” I would finish it, and let me teach. In the classroom, I like to follow the philosophy of lead the students to the mountain, but do not tell them what to see. I want my young students to construct their own meaning. The conversion is not always what I intended, but it is what the student wanted to know about that day. I would want a visitor to come into the room and to sit down and join the discussion. I would love feedback on my lessons, and suggestions to improve learning, but not cookie cutter answers.

  5. The Diwali


    Thanks for your caring leadership. Learning is listening, that is leading. To have a great listener by our side sometimes it takes a lifetime as Tracy just shared.

    Teachers and leaders remember this all human beings are always ready to learn but they may not be ready to be taught.

    Teachers remember this you are nobly intellectually capable to produce all leaders, that never feel submitted when you are at post observation conference. Remember the one doing your evaluation may be your student a few years or many years ago. Ask them to come up a plan or lesson plan to tackle the problem they noticed on their observations. By doing so you help both parities back to service or learning mode. And learning new thing is not always a fun or comfortable for all. So you create a mutual understanding or empathy for all. It is easy said that done. Regardless don’t ever forget why we are here. We are here to help build the nation :-)

    Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts( often attributed to An Emglish Stateman).

    George, I’m asking you to lead on this research. Are we hiring solely based on references or connections. Or are we hiring based on competence?

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