ERIC Number: ED495638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-18
Who Said School Administration Would Be Fun?: Coping With a New Emotional and Social Reality
Sigford, Jane L.
School administrators fill a crucial need in education, but all too often their social and emotional worlds turn upside-down when they make this momentous career move. This second edition provides an insightful look at the unwritten and unspoken rules of school administration, helping new and sitting administrators work through the initial adjustment and discover the satisfaction that comes with success. This book is filled with real-life examples, exercises, and strategies meant to guide school leaders through the motley challenges that they will encounter each day. Sigford draws on years of experience as teacher, leader, and administrator to develop tactics for: (1)Maintaining perspective through humor; (2) Managing and leading like a successful systems thinker; (3) Transforming school culture into a climate of trust and compassion; and (4) Responding to all levels of accountability faced in today's schools. Fun may not be the first word to describe school administration; however, understanding and self-reflection will lead to the fun of success and satisfaction. Following a Dedication, Preface, Acknowledgments and About the Author section, this book contains twelve chapters: (1) Why Is It So Chilly in the Teacher's Lounge?; (2) Change Isn't a Flowchart: It's Broccoli; (3) Positions, Like Shoes, Need to Fit; (4) Learning the New Rules of Communication; (5) Maintaining Control of Time; (6) Developing Your Emotional Teflon; (7) Maybe You Should Wear a Striped Shirt: Refereeing Conflict; (8) Everything You Didn't Know About Adult Learners; (9) Looking Into the Mirror of Humor; (10) Power Is Like Love--The More You Give Away, the More You Have; (11) Leading in the Age of Accountability; and (12) Becoming a Self-Assured Administrator. An Index is included.
Descriptors: School Administration, Administration, Administrators, School Culture, Humor, Altruism, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Accountability
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education
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