Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Lifelong Learner & Reflective Practitioner

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities

Let's Transform Our Schools Into TRUE Professional Learning Communities
In Your School- Do all stakeholders subscribe to the belief that EVERYONE has something to learn and EVERYONE has something to teach? This blog can help you gain insight on how to facilitate this transformative mindset with your faculty!

Dec 23, 2010

Feed the Teachers!

I just read the most inspiring and hilarious book ever. Neila Connors' book, If you Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students, is a very easy-to-read, humorous book that uses the metaphor of food to illustrate how to be an effective school leader. I just believe that it is a must for the library of every school administrator. It offers many clever yet practical suggestions that can be implemented immediately by administrators at all levels. In the first chapter entitled, "Whetting your Appetite-the Menu Please" Connors promises a book steeped in practical experience and not research, a promise she keeps throughout. Nevertheless, it should come as no surprise that many of her suggestions parallel current educational research, especially with regard to building relationships with staff members and affecting positive change. I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times when reading this book, but don't let the humorous easy-read mislead you: it is still very substanitive.

This book compares effective school leadership to the cooking and eating of a fine meal. From Chapter 3-"Creating the Ambiance-Preparing to Dine" to Chapter 8-"The Check, Please!" the author very cleverly organizes the sections in yummy little portions. For example, Chapter 4 discusses "Passing the P's", which describes a list of important attributes of successful administrators, all of which begin with the letter "P".

Because it's such a quick read, this book serves as a "tasty little snack" to keep you going. One of my favorite parts of the book deals with D.E.S.S.E.R.T.S. I won't ruin that for you though, just in case you want to give it a read.

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