Administration

What Happens When Teachers Don’t Receive Trust from Their Principals

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If you’re a teacher and the principal does not trust you and other teachers, your job is likely to be much harder than it would be otherwise.

In fact, it’s estimated that 50% of teachers will quit their job after a new principal is hired!

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The workplace culture could take a nosedive if the principal doesn’t trust teachers

Teachers at the school will have a much bigger and more stressful workload because of this. These are a few ways that the workplace culture could suffer as a result of a principal who doesn’t have trust in their teachers:

  • Many teachers may quit, which may mean that you’re no longer able to collaborate with educators who you felt comfortable working with.
  • You may find that a disconnect begins to form between the administration and teachers, which can prevent effective collaboration.
  • Teachers may deal with their interactions with the new principal in different ways, which could lead to negative relationships between teachers.

Some principals may require that you submit weekly lesson plans

If you have a principal who does this, you’ll be worried about whether they will approve of the plans each week, which can be a major source of anxiety. This is especially true if the principal is the type of person to go over everything in your weekly lesson plans with a fine-tooth comb.

Here are a few problems with this requirement:
  • You may feel a lot of anxiety when it comes to creating a lesson plan, which could cause you to lose the authenticity of your teaching style.
  • The stress may begin to sap your enthusiasm for teaching and even lead to burnout.

What kind of principal do schools need?

Schools need a principal who trusts teachers and has confidence in their ability to provide quality education. While every school does need a strong leader to be successful, it’s important that their leadership style includes other important characteristics as well.

These characteristics include:

  • Schools need a principal who understands what it’s like to teach.
  • The principal should not use a fear-based leadership style.
  • The school principal should allow teachers to use the lesson plans they feel are best for students.
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What’s the best way to deal with a difficult principal?

If you have a difficult principal, it’s important to make sure that you follow the guidelines that they require, such as presenting a weekly copy of your lesson plans.

However, if you find that you’re not able to reach your full potential with the new principal and look for a teaching position at a different school, it’s important to do your best to leave on good terms with the existing principal and behave in a professional manner.

Here are a few tips that can help you deal with a difficult principal:
  • Always make sure that you show up to work slightly early in order to ensure that you’re never late.
  • Ensure that you’re as well-prepared for your classes as possible.
  • Try to avoid getting involved in office politics as much as possible.

It can be especially tough if you lose a good principal

If you go from having a principal who trusts you and other teachers to having one who doesn’t, the experience is even more difficult. Unfortunately, this scenario is not anywhere near as uncommon as you might hope it is. It’s not unheard of for a principal to quit unexpectedly, which could lead to a less effective leader coming to your workplace.

If this situation occurs, you may find yourself caught off guard by the new policies, which could lead to tense interactions with the new administration and less engaging classes for students.