Monday, October 20, 2008

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Survey Question: How can we improve communication in the school?

My Response:

Give us more time. A lot of us use school time to have professional conversations with our co-workers (admin included). More planning days would definately lead to more of those conversations.

Note that those days must be unstructured planning time. Planning days where we just given more paperwork does not facilitate positive communication. It creates an us vs. them mentality where admin (both locally here and up at the division level) are definately not in the us part. That sort of thinking leads to lots of communication - negative communication.

More paper does not mean better communication. Too much information being passed down (paper and email) leads to cognitive overload and the message is never heard.

Ok, the cat is out of the bag. If my admin read this then they will know who filled out that particular annomous survey. (I suspect they would have anyways - I filled it out in crayon - and handed it directly to one of them).
Photo Credit: Maury McMown - used under a Creative Commons License


Gary Ball said...

Why are we always asking for more time? Have our job expectations changed that much from the past? Are we putting in any more time than teachers that came before us?

Nickell said...

I know why we feel we don't have as much free time:

Ever since Walker Texas Ranger was taken off the air Chuck Norris decided that all the free time in the world belongs to him.