School Administration & Supervision

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Introduction to School Administration and Supervision

Principals play a vital role in setting the direction for successful schools but productive leadership depends heavily on its fit with the social and organizational context in which it is exercised. They (the principals) are the primary catalysts for creating a lasting foundation for learning, for driving school and student performance, and for shaping the long term impact of schools’ improvement efforts.

You have been appointed as the new principal at your school. You are frustrated by the current environment and feel the need to make some drastic changes. Your superiors expect improvement; the school needs change and you need a plan. How will you motivate and inspire your teachers
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As the Principal you need to recognize this aspect of your school’s culture. You need to be aware of what is going on with your teachers and you need to show them that when they achieve something, no matter how small it may seem that it is recognized. Teachers like to be shown that they are not taken for granted. As a Principal when you do this recognition, you show them that what they do in the school or out of the school is of value. When teachers see this they understand that when the Principal wants to make changes to the schools culture that it is for the betterment of the school and the children. They will be willing to have such changes occur within the school.
Leadership skills are a very important trait as a principal that you must have if you intend to make changes that will positively affect your school. As the definition of Leadership states Leadership is a group function, it occurs when two or more people interact with each other and they intentionally seek to influence the behavior of other people (Robert G. Owens, 2004). This is a very powerful definition of what is leadership and you as the Principal have this power. Therefore using your leadership skills in your school, you will be able to motivate and inspire teachers to engage in a new way of thinking.
Teachers generally view favourably support principals who have fresh ideas. Teachers tend to recognize and see as powerful those principals who are expert in using

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