Ideally, the teacher-principal relationship should exhibit great camaraderie for the students. However, this is a little bit difficult in reality.
A principal’s task by nature is pretty much diverse compared to a teacher’s. The head teacher is expected to be demanding, friendly, encouraging, reprimanding, as well as other things to balance the learning environment and bring out its maximum potential.
The teachers, on the other hand, must know the value of having a trusting relationship with the principal. We give you 10 suggestions on how to establish teacher-principal rapport:
- Be a Leader
- A principal trusts a teacher who has the initiative not only to follow but to lend a helping hand to fellow teachers who need a ‘push.’ It also means that a teacher must be dependable and not someone who is irresponsible.
- Be Organized and Prepared
- Organizational skills reflect preparedness and hard work. How can a principal trust someone whose classroom is a clutter and does their lessons in a haphazardly manner?
- Be a Professional
- Professionalism exhibits appropriate dress, attitude and manner of relating unto others inside or outside school premises.
- Always Have a Room for Improvement
- Don’t be stagnant since teaching is evolutionary. Know that learning is an unending process even if you’re a teacher yourself. Gain more knowledge, skills and self-development that you can impart to your fellow teachers and students.
- Be Willing to Go Beyond
- Principals trust teachers who go beyond their tasks and responsibilities outside the classroom. You may tutor struggling students, help other teachers with projects or other extracurricular activities.