The teaching profession has always held an honorable position in society. Teachers are continuously updating their skills and methods of teaching to leave a virtuous, lifelong impression on their students. Considering the future, teachers should adapt to the current educational modalities without compromising on the traditional teaching values.
My single message to teachers is that - Shape up, or ship out.
Principals are teachers first. But there are biased opinions on whether principals should take up classroom lessons alongside the administrative tasks of the school. Taking a collective opinion from different school heads, Mr. Unnikrishnan reasons out the pros and cons of teaching, while being the most superior person of the school authority - A principal.
There are certain reasons why school principals opt-out of teaching students. The choice is purely one’s own, states Mr. Unnikrishnan. The process of teaching is a time-consuming job, which can hinder a principal’s daily chores, including administrative work. At the beginning of an academic year, the principal being the decision-maker can always exclude themselves from the teaching staff while concentrating solely on other school affairs.
Do principals possess a false concept of superiority? “Not all”, says Mr. Unnikrishnan. Teaching is considered a subordinate position in comparison to being the head of a school, thereby bringing out a false superiority among some school principals. Most teachers are great with communication skills and blending with students. A principal being a subject teacher could weaken the sense of interaction and hence, develop a sense of insecurity. He or she may not be as good a mentor to students, hence limit themselves to dealing with only administrative matters.
The time schedule of a school principal can be hectic with the need to attend back to back meetings, financial affairs, solving disputes between students and teachers along with meeting parents. As far as the age of principals are concerned, a sense of indolence can set in, thereby limiting them to the management of the school.
A teacher makes a difference, a difference that no other professional in the society can bring about.
In spite of being a busy head of an educational institution, some principals choose to teach students. It gives them an opportunity to develop empathy and a better understanding of classroom challenges. In addition, teaching also connects principals to the nature of their core work.
When a principal witnesses student issues, he/she is well informed and able to create policies that can solve the concerns. Teaching develops a long-lasting relationship with fellow teachers and students alike. While being a part of the teaching staff, principals can truly relate to, and deal with the challenges that other teachers face.
A principal has to remain a learning teacher and a practising teacher so that he can continue to be an effective teacher.
Most importantly, time spent teaching is considered to be the best time of the day, offering a fulfilling experience for any teacher. All principals start as teachers, and sharing their teaching expertise creates powerful opportunities for reflection among other teachers
Technology and Teaching
With the merging of technology and education amidst COVID19, teachers have been exposed to a virtual world of teaching. Even in the future, teachers ought to know the technicalities of online teaching. Hence, confining to traditional teaching methods are not feasible options in the long run.
Why Some Principals are Not Teachers
As the highest authority at an academic institution, being Principal has its merits and demerits. A host of factors affects principals to shift out from classroom teaching, instead opt for the administrative work of schools.
Should Principals teach Students?
Teaching has been a timeless and noble profession. Regardless of being a veteran or a new teacher, the time spent on educating students is considered a rewarding experience. Teaching and interactions develop long-lasting relationships between students and their teachers.