I think it is time we start those courageous conversations with our administrators. It is time for us to realize and acknowledge that our principals were teachers once as well, and that they too functioned under a principal, with every self doubt that implies. It is time for us to not be afraid and to speak to our principals and administrators the way they deserve to be spoken to; as human beings rather than just our bosses.
I know I fall victim to stereotypes myself; assuming that someone in a principal job does not want feedback, does not want ideas, does not want honest discussion. I am not sure where this idea started from but it seems to permeate many schools. Perhaps the very role of principal means there is a glass wall between us. Perhaps it is their sheer busyness that creates a natural distance. I am not sure but we must discuss, we must reflect, and we must have conversations that push the boundaries much like we would with our colleagues because even though principals are in leadership positions they are still our colleagues as well.
While I know many principals tread water all day, floating from one fire to another, there are still many moments for us to discuss and reflect together. I think we need to bridge that unspoken gap that exists between teachers and principals and somehow find a way to grow together, rather than the more typical path of us versus them. We must approach our every day as we would an edcamp; there to learn, there to think, there to connect. It is time we give our principals a fair chance.