You’re sending your child off to a new school year, which is pretty scary of itself, but what do you know about the principal?
This person has the power to shape each and every day of your child’s teacher’s life, for good or bad.
Perhaps it’s time to make an appointment and introduce yourself, and have a few loose plans of how you would like your child’s learning to unfold over the year.
If your school day memories are of a principal who was always remote, someone who did not know many students and usually you saw only at daily assemblies, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise.
Principals don’t seem to operate like that in the 21st century. So is it time to plan a meeting with your principal?
Have a face-to-face meeting
Whether you like it or not, your principal can be one of your greatest allies in helping you inspire high-performance learning in your child.
So make it easier for the principal to get to know your family, make an appointment for a chat.
Write it down
It can be frustrating for a parent to not get what was requested after talking to the new principal, but they are usually bombarded with information from all sides.
It sounds simple, but if I you have a written record of your conversation, literal or electronic, there is a much greater chance that action will happen.
Offer a thumbs up where appropriate
Unless your principal is very experienced, feedback will come from all sides: parents, students, central office, and especially the staff.
In the course of trying to please as many stakeholders as possible, a simple note of gratitude, a pat on the back or a word of encouragement can be a huge stress reliever.
Principals are always happy to develop partnerships with the teachers and parents in their school, as they want to be able to help them be successful in helping students learn.
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