I was a Principal and Superintendent for 25 years. The
people I worked with taught me a lot. There are two kinds of learning:
- learning 'about...' and
- learning 'how to ...'
'Learning about...' can add to a person's burdens. If we
know something good is possible but we don't know how to do it
or we are too busy it makes our life harder.
Your work as Principal or administrator is to help
improve the part of the education system for which you are
Your aim should be to help others learn 'how to...' improve
their own work and so improve the schools or school system.
Ten years ago I learnt about the work of Deming and this
made a big difference in my work. But teaching your people
about... quality and Deming and others will not be
You will need to teach them how to use all the things
that Deming and others taught.
There is good news. The best methods are natural and
easy if we don't use too many special words.
My thoughts: Principals should make it easy for
teachers to teach, learners to learn, families to help ...,
that is, they should:
- Be clear about the aims (purposes) of their school
- Work with their staff, students & communities to
make it easier to achieve the aims of the school
- Improve the processes in every part of their school
- Reduce variation
- Get everyone to help: staff, students, families,
communities, the Department.
I have found that it is best use simple, natural
language and to start from the experiences and needs of the
people I am working with.
It is easier than you might think. It works! Have fun and do well.