First and second year Willard Teachers participate in a two year mentoring program. This program assists new staff to gain relationships and understanding into the expectations and process of Willard Public Schools. Yesterday, district Instructional Coaches worked with approximately a dozen of these new staff members.
I was given the opportunity to have some time with these new staff members. I asked if they had begun to learn what the performance expectations were at Willard? One teacher shared that we had warned new staff prior to the start of school that they would leave school exhausted and that had proven to be true. She went on to share, "I look around and see all these amazing teachers that are giving 120% and that sets the bar for me and my classroom. However, when the school day is over I have nothing left!"
I asked what they found in Willard parents? One teacher reported that her parents are really willing to help! She was surprised because that was not her expectation. She expected resistance from parents and an unwillingness to accept that their child needed assistance or was less than perfect. She said, "When I ask my classes to go to work, they actually do it!"
We hear in the media all the negativity associated with public schools. We hear that parents won't help and kids don't care. For the vast majority of Willard that is simply not true. No doubt we have students who make bad decisions and parents that refuse to allow their child to accept responsibility but I believe that is in the minority. I asked if they had received the support that they needed to be successful and they all shared unanimously that the support had been overwhelming.
I enjoyed the discussion with these new staff. They are clearly on the way to becoming Willard Teachers! As this first quarter draws to an end be sure and make time to visit with your son / daughter about their academic progress. Parent Teacher Conference is later this month and parents never want to be surprised at that meeting!
Enjoy the weekend!
Dr. Kent Medlin
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