Building a trustworthy relationship with the principal of his/her school is very important for a teacher. It has a direct impact on the performance and progress of the students they teach. Here are few suggestions from some experienced teachers & principals on how teachers can earn their principals’ trust.
1. Be Organized
Principals trust teachers who are organized. Keep your desk in the staff room clutter free and organized, this allows you to accomplish more tasks in less time and minimizes confusion and frustration.
2. Be Professional
Principals usually trust teachers who exhibit professionalism. Behaving professionally refers to the way you treat yourself and your colleagues.
3. Be A Leader
Leadership can mean taking initiative in filling an area. You should demonstrate your leadership qualities whenever required, may be school development policies or student improvement.
4. Have A Positive Attitude
Maintain a positive attitude and be cheerful when you come to school. There are definite rough days and sometimes it is difficult to keep a positive approach.
5. Don’t Be Demanding
You should realize that the principal is responsible for every teacher and student in the school. A good principal will not ignore a request for help.
Teachers must be patient with their principals and try to understand them. Principals trust teachers who understand that their time is valuable.
6. Be Dependable
Principals expect their teachers to follow all the reporting and departure policies of school. They trust teachers who are highly dependable.
7. Seek Out Advice
Teachers can get a suggestions and clarification from their principal on any school issue. Principals trust teachers who seek their advice and implement their suggestions in their classroom.
8. Show Your Desire To Improve
Demonstrate your desire to improve yourself. Every principal will trust a teacher who actually wants to improve himself/ herself and go ahead in their career. Participate in multiple teacher development programs and try to implement the ideas you learn from the programs in your classroom.
9. When Given A Task Complete It On Time
Punctuality and timeliness are two very important values every teacher should have. Particularly, when your principal assigns you a task, give your maximum effort and complete it before deadline.
Principals trust teachers who value the time of principals and complete given tasks on time.
10. Always Be Prepared
As a teacher you should come prepared everyday for your class. A principal trusts a teacher who has mastered over a subject before teaching it the class.
And finally, do not forget to be yourself!