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What Do Teachers Need from Directors
August 12, 2019
The best smell is bread; the best savour, salt; the best love, that of children.
-George Herbert
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Margie Carter, writing in the book, Leading Early Childhood Organizations, asks, “What do teachers need most from their directors?” One of her answers is this: “Offer genuine respect and trust.” She explains: “The words ‘trust’ and ‘respect’ roll off our tongues and our heads nod when we hear them, but what do these words look like in action?

Teachers say they usually feel respected when someone really listens to them, trying to understand and be responsive, rather than just placating. Some talk about ‘being trusted to succeed’ even if they falter…

Trust comes more quickly when we work from both our heads and our hearts. As we become clear about our values and ideas, and learn to communicate them with a blend of honesty and empathy, respect for different points of view can grow.” 





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Sarker Javed Iqbal · August 12, 2019
Self employed
Dhaka, Bangladesh, Bangladesh


I do agree, 'Trust' and 'Respect' also should be maintained between teachers and students and there must be 'eye contact' during the interaction which can better support and ensure trust and respect.



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