A Reader Writes… A Stressed Out Staff – Part 2

In response to the 1/27/15 post, “A Stressed Out Staff,” a reader writes: This is absolutely absurd. There is no empathy in this article. This is more “blame the teacher” propaganda. If a school staff is supposed to be a team, this completely undermines that idea. Encouragement and stress relief is what is needed. Support…

Readers Write… A Stressed Out Staff – Part 1

In response to the 1/27/15 post, “A Stressed Out Staff,” readers write: A LYS Principal  “Right on, Brother. Keep preaching it!“ A LYS Principal “Good stuff… good stuff… So glad you shared this out! A LYS Teacher             “And I thought I was the only one who noticed which teachers do the most whining. SC…

A Stressed Out Staff

I recently met with a first year assistant principal for a coaching session and the first thing she said was, “I don’t know what to do.  Teachers are coming to me crying.  Telling me that there is just too much to do. That there’s not enough time. That our students are too far behind to…

Addressing Stress

When I visit a new campus I am invariably told by multiple sources that, “The teachers are really stressed,” or “We are really concerned about the amount of stress that teachers are under.” To which I always ask, “What exactly is the source of all the stress?” The answer is presented as a list of…

A Reader Writes… (Poisonous Staff – Part 6)

In response to the 12/12/2010 post, “Poisonous Staff – Part 5,” a reader writes: I thought it was rather funny that one of the responses to this continuing saga of poisonous staff was to suggest that the writer find another school district to work for rather than some other option. Giving up is never an…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 22)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 20,” an old school LYS High School Principal writes: “I suppose focusing on good apples or bad apple is a matter of perspective. I don’t consider taking an honest look at our profession “bashing.” You say the blog’s focus is on a “few”. Really? I assure…

A Reader Writes… (Teachers Stress – Part 21)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 18,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent writes: “There is a big difference between the challenges of living in central office and challenges of living at the campus level. I have to constantly remind my fellow central office types that we are the ones responsible for closing the…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 20)

In response to the post, “A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 18),” a reader writes. “I have to respond….mainly because I don’t think generalizations are helpful…and there were certainly a lot of generalizations made here. There are bad central administration staff…just like there are bad principals, assistant principals, and teachers. Must we continue to…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 19)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 15,” a reader writes. “Our current central administration we are definitely not the on the same page with Brezina, et. al. Not only are the assistant superintendents clueless about what is happening on our campuses, they don’t have a clue what is happening with the next…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 18)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 15,” a reader writes: “I’m an old school LYS change principal, so I’m not talking about my first rodeo. At my previous high school, I had the complete support and trust of my superintendent. In that position, I let the assistant superintendents and central office directors…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 17)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 14,” a reader writes: “Actually when we fail, many of our students will end up in jail; choosea life of crime or gangs where they could die or cause someone else to die; and/or choose a life of crime that can destroy businesses.” SC ResponseCorrect, but…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 16)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 13,” a reader writes: Quoting from the post, “…those teachers that felt that administrators were bullying them were teachers that were having “issues” in their practice.” “This is not always the situation. The rest of your response made me feel that some good people are still…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 15)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 9,” the writer writes: “So the campus administrators will know, “Central Office” was my focus. I do agree that everyone has their own perception. This is not about principals. It’s about Central Office not being in touch with realistic goals and respecting the teaching profession. How…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 14)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 9,” a reader writes: “This was a great post because it clearly holds all of our feet to the fire, teachers and administrators. What we all need to remember is that our purpose in education is to do what is in the best interest of our…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 13)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “In my experience as a teacher, counselor, program manager, and assistant principal, those teachers that felt that administrators were bullying them were teachers that were having “issues” in their practice. I have worked and continue to work with teachers in many ways. Ultimately…

A Reader Asks… (Teacher Stress – Part 12)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress – Part 9,” the Marine asks: “This was an outstanding post, who wrote it?” SC ResponseYour blog sparing partner, the Sailor. He says, “Go Navy!” Happy Easter

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 11)

In response to the post relating to, “Teacher Stress – Part 9,” a reader writes: “Speaking to the statement, ‘I don’t see Central Office personnel as bullies. I often think they are disconnected from where the rubber meets the road and they are implementing in order to meet the state and federal guidelines and meet…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress Quick Hitters)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress Quick Hitters,” a reader writes: “Interesting that I was discussing Point 4, “When I don’t agree, I think I love it more,” with another veteran LYS leader (JM) just yesterday. JM and I agree about 90% of the time. Yesterday, we realized that we have actually learned a…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 9)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “I agree with the writer’s comments concerning administrators being “mean and bullies” at face value, however I suspect that if we look deeper there is a perception issue. When I do my PowerWalks and provide you with feedback, what do you call that?…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 9)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “I have been reading your responses and your answers for a couple of days. I have been reluctant to respond. However, as an administrator, I do believe it is a leadership issue and a teacher issue. It is the responsibility of the leadership…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 8)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “What I am realizing in my district is that when you try to create effective change at an entry level administrator level, such as assistant principal, the leaders above you are sometimes more threatened than the teachers. They are afraid of the success…

Readers Write… Teacher Stress Quick Hitters

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” the LYS Nation has sent in the following: 1. “Amen, brother.”2. “We know that the writer is writing about us, and we are willing to own that.” 3. “Tell the LYS Nation they are on a roll.” 4. “When I don’t agree, I think I love…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 7)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “SC, thanks for clarifying my point about teachers being part of the problem. Let me be real clear. I think teachers in failing schools are about 30% of the problem, and 70% of the solution. I think leadership in failing schools is about…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 6)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “All that teachers want is respect from all levels of administration and once in a while it would be a good idea for administrators to teach a class. Administrators do not have to be mean or bullies. I think we want the same…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 5)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “Bullying is certainly the right word. I understand the accountability issues all districts face but district administrations can do much more in supporting teachers then they currently do. I am not saying there are not bad teachers out there, but there are plenty…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 4)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “SC I love your response! This could easily be a teacher from my school. We recently reviewed a list of the new initiatives and changes that have been made this year (national mandates, district mandates, and campus based improvement actions). It is a…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 3)

In response to the posts relating to, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “As SC pointed out, it is hard to comment without knowing the specifics of your district. But, from what you wrote I get a mental picture of your school (which may be totally wrong). Your school probably has student achievement problems. As Cain…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 2)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “I’ve heard a number of teachers say things like this on my campus during meetings when the principal is not in attendance. I’ve also observed the same teachers go in and out of the principal’s and vice principals’ offices, essentially brown-nosing. So I’m confused when…

A Reader Writes… (Teacher Stress – Part 1)

In response to the post, “Teacher Stress,” a reader writes: “I have been teaching for 10 years. But I have never experienced more bullying from central office than I have in the past three years. There is now more meanness in principals’ attitudes toward their teachers and more disrespect toward teachers from central office administrators.…

Teacher Stress

Earlier this semester, I was training teachers on a campus, which quite frankly has been trending downwards for over three semesters. The training was going well up until the principal left the room to attend an ARD. Once it was obvious that the principal would not be returning anytime soon, one of the teachers that…
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