principals Related Tags: School Leadership More Related Discussions noory Posted 12/03/2011 12:57PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 28 Replies 2786 Views Do principals need to have had teaching experience to be good leaders whats your opinion? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 28 Share Comments (28 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Show 10 More Comments Posted 1/10/2013 6:18pm Mrs. Leah HaynesSeventh grade Literature and Grammar; Secondary World Geography principals should most definitely have experience in the classroom. When it comes to making logical decisions based on workload (grading, planning, extra duties), a principal that does not have that experience can make some really asinine calls. Believe me... Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 6:24pm Tish JenningsWorking to help teachers improve classroom environments by promoting mindfulness There are many reasons why it is helpful for a principal to have experience as a teacher. Teaching is a very challenging occupation and there's an artistry to it that is hard to understand unless you've spent time in the classroom. Also, teachers respect those who have had this experience. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 6:46pm Kathryn Do hospital administrators need to be doctors? It is a whole different skill set that not everyone has whether they were a teacher or not. The main thing is that a good principal should have administrative, management, and leadership skills AND they have to understand teaching. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 9:01pm Delaine MacdonaldPrincipal at Andrews Elementary School, Andrews, North Carolina Cherokee Co This is a "no brainer" in my opinion. Of course principals should have teaching experience! This allows principals to be strong instructional leaders; to empathize with her/his staff; and to more effectively evaluate what is taking place in the classroom. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 9:11pm Dave But if you haven't taught, you don't understand teaching, except from reading a book. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 9:14pm Dave Principal's should definitely have teaching experience and more than just 1 or two years. It takes a minimum of five years to even become a good teacher, in my opinion. A person should not have another person's professional life in their hands unless they have actually done it for a significant time. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/10/2013 9:32pm Michael Mitchell I don't think a Principal can be as effective as needed without spending time in the classroom. It doesn't mean that being in the classroom necessarily makes you an effective Principal either. However, teachers see through leaders who don't know what they are talking about when it comes to matters of instruction and classroom management. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/11/2013 2:13am Ms. Giraudteacher of high school English and journalism Definitely. A principal needs this experience to fully appreciate the many layers of teaching and the depths of responsibility a teacher has to integrity in teaching, managing students, engaging with parents, and continuing to develop in one's subject area and pedagogy. I feel the closer to the teaching experience a principal is, the better leadership she can offer. Ideally, a principal is still actually teaching a class to stay grounded in the realities and joys of the classroom. Sign in to vote! Posted 1/11/2013 4:19pm Mrs. Deirdre L. Richie Yes, I believe principals should have teaching experience; not only do they need to have teaching experience, they NEED to have teaching experience at the elementary school level so they are in classrooms where they have to teach ALL SUBJECT areas! They also need to be required to return to teaching in the classroom for 1 year periodically throughout their principalships to remember how difficult is is to be IN the classroom ALL the time! Sign in to vote! Posted 1/14/2013 5:18pm Steve LevinHigh School Biology/AP Biology Principals not only need to have real classroom experience (7 years or more) - but in the school district they are in...moreover, principals should be required to teach at least one section of classes each year. Just so they realize the challenges being faced by the teachers in the building day to day. 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