Administration and Supervision:
Becoming more self-aware begins with examining yourself.
We each bring our experiences, perspectives, and worldview to our work — the good, the bad, and all of the in-between. These are what make us who we are and influence our practice with children, families, and colleagues. We also hold in our minds a picture of our ideal selves. Knowing more about yourself can pave the way to becoming the person and the early educator that more closely matches your ideal self. This first Key to Reflection and Inquiry can help you become more self-aware and intentional in examining who you are now and who you want to become.
Being an administrator requires you to wear many hats and be highly organized.
Administrators working in stand-alone programs are typically responsible for managing the business-side of the program, including human resources, along with all of the educational components. Wearing this many indispensable hats often leaves administrators with little time for anything but meeting immediate deadlines.
Providing teachers with pedagogical guidance is often lost or sorely neglected. Thus, administrators miss out on the ultimate satisfaction of participating in the learning and development of the teachers and children.
Which parts of your job do you feel you do well and enjoy?
Which parts don't match with your skills set or temperament?
Take a quiet moment to yourself without interruptions, perhaps with a healthy snack in hand, to reflect on which of these statements most closely reflects your thinking:
When I think about my deepest longings at my job…
- I long for more time out of the office to really connect with the families, teachers, children, and life of the classroom.
- I long for someone else to provide support for the teachers and families, so I can focus on being a more efficient administrator.
Download the Administrator or Pedagogical Leader Self-Assessment. Complete the self-assessment evaluate your skills set and time allocation. After completing the exercise, reflect on what you discovered about yourself, and write down goals you might want to set that will help you create balance between administering and leading your program.
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