Good Principal = Good Teacher?Yesterday I had a great conversation on twitter with two amazing educators, Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher) and Jason Bednar (@J_Bednar). The conversation started off like this:
How do we ensure that admin are sound instructional leaders capable of evaluating a teacher? #cpchat #edchat
— Josh Stumpenhorst (@stumpteacher) February 13, 2012
@stumpteacher I would hope that the first step is ensuring that aspiring admin were sound practitioners of instruction as teacher.
— Jason Bednar (@J_Bednar) February 13, 2012
@J_Bednar @stumpteacher Do administrators have to be the best teachers? How many coaches are in the HOF as a coach & athlete? Just asking.This conversation went on for several more tweets and Jessica Johnson (@PrincipalJ) even joined in at the end. I just thought it was a very interesting question and I thought I'd give all of you a chance to weigh in on it. So, do you think that in order to be a good principal, you had to first be a good classroom teacher?
— Brett Clark (@Mr_Brett_Clark) February 13, 2012
I personally think that most good principals were, at one time, good classroom teachers. However, I also think different people have different gifts and I think it is possible to be a great principal and not a good classroom teacher.
What do you think?