David B. GlasierAssistant PrincipalEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone:1.360.538.2059Greetings,I want to share a few thoughts of my philosophy in my role as an Assistant Principal.
I take the responsibility of being an educational leader extremely serious. This responsibility motivates me to do everything I can to have the best teachers in every classroom. The best teachers are the ones that are considered to be highly effective in their craft. In order to be a highly effective teacher, one must possess several characteristics. The most important characteristics are being a professional teacher, fairness and discipline, and content knowledge.
A professional teacher is one that has the gift and passion to teach students. This person is able to learn the educational needs of their students and to adapt a lesson that allows each individual to deepen their understanding of the content and experience measured success. This professional will present each lesson in such a way as to address the various modalities of student learning present in the class. Students will learn to work as individuals as well as collaborators, for which they will be held to an individual standard and yet be responsible to the group.
Fairness and discipline are essential in classroom management. A professional teacher must have the control and respect of the students in order to foster an environment conducive to learning. Students want to be safe and know that you care about them as an individual. Their safety comes in the form of rules or standards from which the class is conducted. Their sense of safety manifests itself in the form of routines that student come to know and understand. When students know you are fair, then they also know your discipline will be just. Fairness and discipline allows learning to occur due to removing all the barriers students initially bring into the classroom. This lets the free flow of ideas to flourish without fear.
Content knowledge is extremely important. It is not enough for the teacher to know the standards, but how to present the material in such a way that all students can understand. Mastery of specific content allows the teacher to approach the same topic from many directions, thus giving the students more opportunities to comprehend the content. The depth of knowledge also allows the teacher to redirect the content when it is determined that some students are not understanding.
The highly effective teacher will have all of these characteristics as an instructional approach, with the qualities and skills to help each student be successful.
My philosophy regarding student discipline starts from the premise that it is not about the discipline, but about changing student behavior. This philosophy guides the progressive nature of my discipline. Two exact incidents may not receive the exact same consequence, since I choose to look at all the information, including student explanation, teacher explanation, and student discipline history. If all of these factors were exactly the same, then they would receive the same consequence. I always look to give the student the opportunity to learn and correct the behavior or bad choices. There are times when changing student behavior is superseded by the safety of others at the school. It is these times when the student must be removed in order to protect others from potential harm.
The main element, changing student behavior, in my discipline philosophy starts with the crucial aspect of building relationships with students. The relationship developed early with a student having a minor infraction will be extremely important if the student commits a more serious act or is the victim of something more serious. The relationship builds trust that you are fair and committed to their safety and well-being. This prevents most escalations when students are at a high level of stress, and allows you to provide a calming effect when the student has experienced some sort of trauma.
The approach I take with discipline has a positive impact on the climate and culture of the school. The climate and culture that is fostered is built upon respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for the environment for which we find ourselves. When a student comes in for a minor offense, we discuss how it reflects on them, how it affects others, and how the circumstances that surround them are affected. These discussions have a positive effect on the climate and culture of the school.
As an educational leader, with a student-centered focus, it is important to structure your discipline so it is another tool to improve student success. One of the things I look at during a discipline intervention is the student’s academics. Misbehavior and poor academics can have a cause and effect relationship. If one believes that bad choices by a student can result in discipline and poor academics, then it can also be concluded that by changing student behavior through the discipline intervention process that good choices and better academics will follow.
I look forward to serving Aberdeen High School and the Aberdeen School District community.