Whether it’s a multinational company or a School, it requires a leader who knows his job. The one who understands the importance of responsibility and can take control over others. He should be capable enough to differentiate between the right and the wrong and make decisions accordingly. A leader of a school is also known as the principal who governs the entire school community including the teachers and the students. The principal of any school has got following responsibilities toward students.
The Vision: When a person takes responsibility to be the principal of a school, his first step is to set a vision for that school. Each and every person who is the part of that school should clearly know what their goal is and how they are going to achieve it. All of us know that teacher’s job in a school is to teach and students are supposed to learn from what they are being taught. But it’s not that easy as it sounds. The principal’s job is to manage everything and assign tasks to the faculty in such a way that it pulls the school towards its vision.
Policies: There are certain policies which everyone has to follow in a school. It is the leader who writes these policies. So, a principal should write these policies in such a way that it keeps a balance between the faculty and the students. Neither of the two will feel offended by any of the policies written. Following are a few policies which are required to be followed by students and faculty of a school –
– Dress code Policy
– Attendance Policy
– Use of cell phone policy
– Ragging policy
– Policy to prevent fights
Extracurricular activities: Studying various subjects at school is not the only key to success. Students should actively participate in various extra curricular activities as it helps the students in developing their overall personality. For example, Organizing inter-school competitions like dance competition, singing competition, debate competition, quiz competition, paper presentation, etc. Such competitions boost the moral of the students and prepare them to compete with others in the future. The school should have proper infrastructure for various sports like a basketball court, football ground, badminton court, etc..Sports play an important role in physical fitness of children, So it’s the responsibility of the school authority to consider sports in parallel to studies. School’s timetable should have a fixed period for games and students shall have complete freedom to choose the game of their interest.
School and community relationship: A good leader in a school should act like a community liaison. Community liaison is a person who builds a strong relationship between the organization and the people it serves, by communicating in such a manner that everyone listening is able to understand him. It is the duty of a school principal to inform the parents of each and every student about their child’s progress report.
Sometimes a leader has to take few steps which may not look good to us instantly, but are beneficial in the future. So, it becomes our duty to respect our leader’s decision and move on.
The concept of empathy is of great importance when you relate and interact with your students in the class. The better you understand them, the more you receive from them in return. This interpersonal intelligence, in the opinions of Howard Gardner, directly reverses many of the actions that your students are held during the school days.
Perhaps, you observed during your school years that there were teachers who could connect very quickly with students while others maintained a relationship with their students something more complicated. They were not connected with the students- with their emotions. These teachers were less empathetic.
Another aspect that should not be confused with the fact that- being an empathetic teacher has nothing to do with being a cool teacher or rolled teacher. This is not true at all. Empathy is something deeper sense to be “cool” or “rolled”. In fact, the teachers with good empathy can start a very good relationship with students.
Here are five simple but useful actions that can enhance empathy with your students:
- Learning the names. Knowing your students’ name is important. Sometimes we find some teachers who, after several months, still do not know the name of he/his students or confuse them regularly. Teachers might complain that they have many students and that takes the time to know all the names. That is not true. In a few days, you can get them all if you really want to. There are lots of tricks to learn the names of the students. Avoid calling your students by their last name. It has been observed that a lot of the students hate to be called by their last name. There may be several exceptions and in such cases the students can be called by the last names. But calling a student by his surname may create a rift between you and the student due to excessive formality.
- Have a good memory. Good memory is important for being empathetic to your students. Ask your students about the party weekend, congratulate them on the achievements, hear about their pets, show interest after an illness or accident. You will be surprised to see the happy faces of your students.
- Maintain eye contact. At the beginning or end of class, students approach you to ask a question very often. At that time if you only keep your eyes on school supplies and neglect showing the visual contact the student who speaks, then you miss many things. If you look to your student during his question, you will be able to capture student’s emotion more and understand what he is asking and also what he cannot ask but whirling in his mind.
- Listen rather than hear. Active listening is very crucial. HEAR is simply perceived sounds while LISTEN is to understand the speech. Listen to be empathetic.
- Change the closed questions to open questions. One factor that can help you empathize with your students is the way you ask questions. When interacting with a student, there is a difference between asking if you are concerned or to ask why is concerned. While the first question is answered with a simple yes or no, the latter implies a reason to create an emotional bond between you and the student must take advantage of.