I’m a DoS – well sort of. By that I mean I do DoS-ly stuff like timetabling and grouping and writing reports and holding meetings and doing lesson observations and planning and doing teacher training and like that. But I’m really a teacher. By THAT I mean I think, feel and react like a teacher.
I have been told I’m a good manager, but I know I’m not. How do I know that? Because I can NEVER see it from “management’s point of view”. I mean I CAN, but it doesn’t make any difference to how I feel, think and react. Although management has the upper hand generally speaking – and I DO see it as a “them” and “us” situation – I will stand up to management for my teachers every single time. I rush in elbowing trembling angels out of my way and lay my cards – nay SLAP my cards – hard and noisily on the table. I flail about protesting and urging and begging and pleading and dishing up what I think are very persuasive arguments for the advancement of my teachers – especially in the fiscal department.
What are the net results? I get told one of two things:
“You HAVE to start thinking like a manager. If we did what you wanted, there would be no business.” You think?
“If the teachers aren’t happy…… ” You know the rest.
I’m tired of it today. I shuffled out past the angels and retired to my office and haven’t been heard from since.
Have a good weekend everyone.