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ERIC Number: EJ782655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
The Art of Campus Supervision
Knechtel, Troy
Principal Leadership, v8 n5 p38-42 Jan 2008
Campus supervision is a craft that must be learned. It requires both knowledge and skill to be effective. Supervisors need a baseline knowledge of the school. They also need to understand the students they are to supervise--their cultural backgrounds, group dynamics, unique behaviors, issues, normal hangouts, and communication styles, as well as the techniques and skills required to see, be seen, and appropriately intervene when necessary. Supervision is also an art, requiring the development of many skills that must be learned and practiced. In this article, the author discusses skills that supervisors need to learn and practice including (1) visibility and movement; (2) surveillance; (3) interpretation and analysis of the actions observed; and (4) appropriate responses to and documentation of an incident. To effectively perform the supervisors' jobs and cultivate a safe learning environment for students, the author suggests that administrators should provide their supervisors with the training they need to work both harder and smarter.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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