ERIC Number: ED422641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun? Coping with a New Emotional and Social Reality.
Sigford, Jane E.
Suggestions on how to navigate the difficult transition from teacher to administrator are presented in this book. Chapter 1 discusses the stages of change that translate into the stages of grief and loss and the sense of unpreparedness new administrators face. New communication patterns are explored in chapter 2, followed by a discussion of time management, the need for flexibility, and the importance of dealing with negativity, including an entire chapter devoted to the importance of conflict-resolution skills. Adult learners, many of them baby boomers, are the topic of chapter 6, whereas chapter 7 discusses the need to use humor to stay content and well-adjusted. Humor is presented as one facet of putting administration into a holistic perspective to deal with the ever-present changes. Since administration is seen as a position of power, how a principal utilizes and distributes power can be the source of personal success or downfall. This utilization of power is investigated in chapter 9. A synopsis of the strategies described in the text appears in the last chapter. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Beginning Principals, Coping, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Principals, Problem Solving, School Administration
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6660-1, $16.95; cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6659-8, $39.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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