Guidelines for School Management
Elementary schooling serves as the roots of education as it nurtures good habits in children and warrants the all-rounded development of personality, besides establishing the notion of lifelong learning. Thus, an excellent school operation not only affects the individual¡¦s life but also the rise or fall of the nation and race. As the head of the school, the principal, being the person in charge, must understand that great responsibilities lie on his/ her shoulders and must always do his/ her best. Bearing this mind, I proceed to analyze my personal guidelines for the running of the school.
a) Set eyes on targets with equal importance placed on the ¡§5 Education¡¨
Target of developing the well-rounded individual achieved through the notion of ¡§5 Education¡¨.
b) Place students and teaching as top priority
Everything done in the school should revolve around the students¡¦ welfare and needs, be it the allocation of resources or the planning of activities and teaching content. Since teaching is the most important agenda in a school, the administration should provide the necessary support, be concerned with teaching and assist the teachers in upgrading the quality of teaching.
c) Allow democratic participation and cooperation
Parents and teachers work together to foster the spirit of cooperation and take education to new heights.
d) Elevate professionalism and promote lifelong learning
To promote professional development, teachers should learn together by sharing knowledge and experience.
e) Emphasize public relations and share resources
A suitable combination of resources and the strengthening of public relations in and out of school will enhance the effects of good education and schooling.
f) Strive for excellence and establish the school
To differentiate the school from others, consideration has got to be given to the traditions of the school, the local community, the needs of students and the quality of teachers.
2.) The Concept of School Management
Students attend school in order to receive intellectual and moral education. Teachers, administrators, parents, community and principal all play either a direct or indirect role in affecting such development. These key players need to realize the importance of their influence and responsibilities. The principal is the head of the school, having to play the role of manager in order to elevate the efficiency of administration, promote the professional growth of teachers, respect the educational choice of parents and bring together all the key players into a cooperative mode. All is done with the aim of fostering student development and growth in every aspect so that they gain essential knowledge and cultivate the concept of lifelong learning.
3.) The notion and ways of interaction between schools, teachers, parents, the community and society
In recent years, educational reforms of all sorts and new laws have been on the rage, resulting in immense changes in school education--- from a centrally controlled closed system with restrictions on teachers¡¦ professionalism to the sharing of power in an open system where teachers have the right to develop professionally in their own way. The principal must understand such changes and alter his/ her leadership style to allow the smooth running of school management and reach educational goals. The following explains the principal¡¦s mode of interaction with the members of the school, the parents, community, the society in general and the government.
(i) Interaction with students
Students are entitled to rights of equality (equal chances of being educated) and of freedom (privacy, body, finance, expression, self-rule, etc.), of benefits (understanding, survival ). Thus the school must exercise its duty to protect students¡¦ rights. Modes of interaction are as follows:
(a) Assist teachers in ¡§Educating with love¡¨: To love every child, to allow for growth and potential to shine through.
(b) Assist teachers in developing professionally to benefit the education of children.
(c) Build the stage on which students can perform: Place emphasis on students¡¦ academic and non-academic achievements--- everyone has their own stage on which they can achieve their best and teachers should help students realize their dreams.
(d) Put oneself in the children¡¦s shoes: Respect and accept every child and seek to discover the kindness in them.
(ii) Interaction with teachers:
(a) Respect: Respect teachers¡¦ professionalism and opinions besides taking their thoughts into account when making school-wide decisions and changes.
(b) Assistance: Replace strong-fisted leadership with service and aid teachers in their development.
(c) Care: Anytime a teacher needs help, be sure to lend a hand and be involved in any celebrations, weddings or funerals.
(d) Encouragement: Whenever a teacher¡¦s strengths are discovered, give spiritual or material support and assist the teacher in the publication of good teaching reports. Also, upgrade the software and hardware of the school.