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Marie Coleman

Ah, balance - such an elusive and desired concept! Although tough to achieve, the first step is always awareness and keeping your 'finger on the pulse' to maintain constant assessment and notice trends.

Struggling with 'administrivia' is an unfortunate by-product of our left-brained society, I believe. With high-stakes testing playing a major priority, it often takes a huge amount of time and energy for teachers to create engaging lessons for students to learn knowledge, skills, and most importantly, to embrace lifelong learning - so whatever, we can do support extra time for teachers to do that, the better! =)

Carey Gilcher

If ever there were a time and a place that called for a universal 'key concept' it is in the current world of education. 'BALANCE', in my humble opinion, would be that concept. I think that the question of what principals can do to support teachers and the educational process begins with what teachers do. The bottom line is that we find a BALANCE between teaching the child and teaching the curriculum. Clearly, different bits and pieces of curricula will be more or less meaningful and important to different students at different times. We have to balance that understanding with the common denominator- core expectations (universal 'requirements' and testing) and readiness for the next step (ie. college, workforce, certification...). Likewise, I think that the role of the principal and administration has a different value for different teachers at different times. Again, balancing between what individual teachers, the faculty, and the school community need in order to achieve desired results is the key tightrope to attempt crossing. Keeping in mind that crossing a tightrope takes practice, correction, more practice, reflection and teamwork, so will the process of building school communities.

Denise Duzick

thought inducing

Denise Duzick

thought inducing

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