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I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they can. To make matters worse, they are apparently immune to my exhortations to get more involved. Despite my efforts to affect attitudinal change through modeling, direction and positive reinforcement, these teachers seem to pay little or no attention to the students they supervise in the hallways, lunchroom and on the playground.
I have tried to explain my concerns to teachers individually. However, to a person, they have claimed that I am mistaken, that they “love” the students and are delighted to pay them close attention during supervisory times. That’s nonsense, and I would like to show the teachers that their interactions with students during supervisory times are fleeting and impersonal. Accordingly, I have been looking into installing surveillance cameras in the hallways and lunchroom and even outside in the recess areas so that I can monitor teacher behavior during such times and maybe even show them what I see.
I have a discretionary account at my school and I have sufficient funds to start buying cameras and having them installed. Being new, I want to impress the superintendent with my creative energy. As I move forward with my plan, I am torn between talking with the superintendent first or just surprising him (and the teachers in my building) by telling him about the cameras after they are installed.
I am eager to feel the excitement from the superintendent that will assuredly come with the installation of cameras. Tell me please how you recommend I share this good news with the superintendent.
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