The indispensable leadership companion—updated and more relevant than ever! Part leadership manual, part short novel, this unique best-seller uses dialogues between a novice and a master teacher and between a new and a seasoned principal to illuminate how the simple act of viewing a problem through different lenses—political, human resources, structural, or symbolic—can reveal better options and solutions. Featuring reflective questions and solid strategies for meeting real-life challenges, the third edition also includes: • New views on building morale in the age of #MeToo • Revamped discussion of mandates, standards and rubrics • Celebration of educators as skilled professionals • Expanded conversations about hope, faith, and parental involvement • Sometimes all it takes to solve a problem is reframe it with wise advice from a trusted mentor. In this one-of-a-kind leadership resource, you�ll find both.
Chapter 1: A New Teacher’s First Day
A New Teacher’s First Day
The dream she’d postponed since her teacher education classes at Monroe College was finally coming true. She could feel the warmth of the smile on her face as she stepped from her aging Prius. Not the best wheels, but hers, a token of four years working in a brokerage firm. She had finished college the wrong year—a time of severe cutbacks in education. . . . She’d tried but couldn’t land a teaching position and finally took the best job she could find . . . The pay was good, she’d made friends, and she’d learned a few things about herself, working with others, and corporate life. She felt more confident now. She’d survived in a demanding and stressful adult environment. Surely that ...