When teachers get together, it seems like the conversation eventually strays to how overworked and overwhelmed everyone is with their jobs. This includes administrators---another typical topic among of group of teachers. As these ideas came up on Friday, with people reminiscing about the good old days, I had to ask some questions. What did these teachers think was missing now? Why did they like the former admins better than the new ones?
The answers came down to one thing: intellectual curiosity.
They wanted principals who asked good questions and shared his/her thinking. They liked it when there were principals who saw problems and did something about them---even the tiny ones like paying attention to what kids were wearing. As teachers, they used to be asked about what they'd like to pursue within their classrooms---what answers were they seeking during the school year.
Maybe we just don't take the time to ask anymore. Or maybe no one is listening or caring about the questions. Perhaps education today is so focused on what the answers are that we've forgotten that there's joy in the journey, too.
How do we get back to that?