|I Think (collage by M.A. Reilly)|
Pam @akamomteach tweeted:
Great administrators should have been great teachers and should stay involved in teaching in some manner. #edchat
I re-tweeted it quickly as I believe that to be true. It also got me thinking about the necessity for administrators (school based and central-office based) to return to teaching and disrupt their administrative career in order to reclaim teaching capacity, to actively fail and succeed at daily teaching, to develop empathy for teachers and learners, and to use these experiences to reshape vision.
About 6 years ago I left an assistant superintendency and accepted a full time teaching position at a college where I worked as an associate professor for four years before returning to NJ and administrative work. My work as a teacher during those four years, along with some co-teaching I was able to do when I returned to K-12 public schooling at a high school deeply informs the work I do administratively, especially as I think about evaluation, teaching load, and curriculum.
I'm curious as to what others think about disrupting administrative work by returning to teaching for a year or two.