We write often about the attributes desired of teachers who work with our students. How teachers approach and work with our students is critically important as they shape the future of our communities and nation. Where the students come from homes of poverty or the students could be called “tough to teach”, these attributes become as important as the content taught.
Although teachers bear so much of the burden for educating our students, we must also charge our administrators–both building and central office–to model these attributes in their dealing with teachers and students. If being kind, compassionate, empathetic, positive and a builder are important for teachers, they are also important qualities for administrators. A great administrator will set the tone for the building, showing their heart in their interactions with teachers…and students.