Hey school principals, pay even closer attention to positive emotions and experiences.
Applies to leaders of all sorts. Scratch that, people of all sorts.
From Education Week, “Rx for Principals: Take in the Joy”.
“. . . almost 45 percent of principals said they had considered leaving their jobs or sped up their plans to exit the principalship because of COVID-related working conditions.
Yes, working conditions for principals have been tough. But that’s only part of the story. Even in the current circumstances, schools remain sites of joy. Principals regularly experience this joy, and it could make a big difference in how they perceive their working conditions.”
Let’s start asking principals. . . and others. . . about their most positive experiences.
“If you ask principals about their positive experiences, you will hear a steady stream of stories and see their faces light up with smiles. For example, an elementary school principal in an urban district described being moved to tears seeing an English-learner student, after a difficult year of transition, reading in two languages. Another principal talked about how meaningful she found coaching a novice teacher who was struggling but also improving by the day. Such experiences too often go unnoticed and unshared.”
What have been your most positive recent experiences?