ERIC Number: ED426054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-21
Teachers Who Will Make a Difference in the 21st Century...From One Principal's View Point.
Pryor, Bonnie J.
This keynote address by a school principal examines the importance of retaining the best teachers in order to maintain a high quality of education. This means keeping teachers happy and motivated, since they are the crucial part of most solutions to challenges. Principals expect teachers to be loyal to the school and staff; to be peak performers who teach above and beyond the teacher's manual; and to communicate and teach character (responsibility, self-discipline, caring, leadership, courage, sportsmanship, kindness, respect, loyalty, humor, trust, self-control, pride, goal-setting, creativity, and critical thinking). Expectations include: teachers should also be able to solve discipline problems with the support of the principal; principals expect teachers to be technology literate and to be comfortable using technology in the classroom; teachers should be willing volunteers and should help recruit parent volunteers; an exceptional teacher is the one who can reinforce positive values, beliefs, and goals daily so they become part of the child's fabric; if teachers are going to make an impact on the school, administrators must urge them to advance confidently in the direction they have chosen and encourage them to achieve; principals must trust in their teachers, allowing them complete control in many areas; teamwork is another key to success; and finally, it is important to value the arts in education and allow schools and teachers to include arts education in the curriculum. (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Creighton University's Annual Teacher Induction Workshop (Nebraska, November 21, 1998).