My principal started the year by showing us student data from last year. It was bad. All we were told was 'do better.' No real strategies, just a lot of teacher bashing. What do I do now? Sincerely,
Stranded without Strategies
Hi, Stranded without Strategies —
Teacher bashing has never helped anyone. It doesn’t help teachers, and it most certainly does not help teachers improve student outcomes.
Although you may be irritated with your principal right now, at least the principal has looked at the data and is passionate about improving. As a teacher, you are the boots on the ground that will make the learning happen. Since school data is not where it needs to be, there are apparent skill gaps in instruction or classroom environment if the data is behavior data.
Review the Data & Make Connections
Review the data the principal shared and think about how that data connects to your classroom. Reflect upon where you wanted to do better regarding the data. Next, schedule a meeting with your principal and share that you want to improve students' outcomes. Ask if there will be training or if there is a teacher who is demonstrating success with whom you could speak about strategies.
Collaborate With Your Colleagues
If you don’t want to approach your principal or if your principal isn’t helpful, talk with other teachers to see what their plans are. They might have found a resource to use that will help with student outcomes.
Do Your Research
Last, do your own research. I know you probably do not want to speak all of your free time searching for resources, but sometimes you have to take the time to find your own solutions when they aren't provided. And, if this is the category you are in, you might consider looking into switching to another school next school year.
Shawnta is a married mother of identical twin boys. As an Indiana native, she attended school in two Indianapolis school districts; she attended Indianapolis Public Schools for two years and completed her education in Lawrence Township Schools. Her sons entered kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year, so she not only navigates Indianapolis schools from the educator's perspective but also ...