One of my favorite videos to show teachers during professional development sessions is Marco Torres’ Teacher Movie. Marco’s keynote today and this evening’s conversation with other MACE conference attendees inspired a project idea for next Monday– and I’d love to hear your input on this.
Monday night (March 5th) I’ll be teaching a three hour evening class at the University of Central Oklahoma (in Edmond, where I live) for 25 principals-to-be. The course is “Technology for Administrators,” and one of my main goals will be to introduce the grad students to a variety of administrator and teacher blogs. I think helping educators learn to learn from each other (via the blogosphere and other voices on the web) is one of the most important and powerful things we can share and teach.
I’m a “substitute instructor” for just one evening, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity since I love to teach! I’m thinking another goal for the evening could be helping the now-teachers and soon-to-be administrators think about how they want to lead and administrate DIFFERENTLY than many of the other administrators they know and have known in the past.
So here’s my thought as well as my challenge to you: What should the script for this “When I Become an Administrator” video include? If you haven’t already, watch the 1 min and 39 sec “Teacher Movie.” Then add a comment here with your own thoughts. Following the same pattern of the teacher movie, I’m thinking some of the “one liners” of the administrator movie could be:
WHEN I BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR…..
- I want to print out my email messages, and have my secretary read them to me.
- I want to attend meetings all day, so I never have time to be in the classrooms with students and teachers.
- I want to spend lots of time disciplining the kids in my school rather than inspiring them.
- I will insist that all my teachers use the chalkboard and the overhead projector every day.
- I want my teachers to ask all the questions, so the students can provide the answers.
- I want to write a technology plan once, and then forget about it for five years until we have to revise it again.
- I want to communicate with parents, teachers and students using paper and pencils.
- I want to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.
- I will make sure every teacher is on the same page of the curriculum guide each minute of the day.
- I want to standardize learning, instill fear in both teachers and students, and make sure all the students stay quiet and on task all day long.
- I will tell my teachers to focus all their attention on preparing students for their tests.
- I will make sure every student in my school is treated exactly the same.
- I will stifle creativity, and make sure no one is allowed to think out of the box in our school.
- I want to say “no you can’t do that” at least one hundred times each day.
- I won’t waste time getting to know the first names of every student in my school, because too many of them move away anyway.
- I want to do all the talking, so the teachers and the students can do all the listening.
- I want to roll out a new instructional reform program at the start of every school year, and discontinue it at least two months afterward.
- I want all the professional development for my teachers to be one-shot training with a different person they never see again in their lives.
- I want to do whatever parents want who complain to me or the superintendent, whether or not I think it is right or it is best for the child and our school.
- I want to stop learning.
What one-liners should be added to this potential script draft? These need to be short and to the point, highlighting administrative “worst-practices” in the hope they will inspire people to consider administrative “best practices.”
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