Every year at Christmas time, educators around the world receive gifts from students and parents. As an administrator, I still receive these gifts but I noticed something different this year; most of the gifts were not for me. They were for my dogs.
This tells me something crucial. My dogs are VERY important to me and I love them (Yes, I am one of those people). I believe that the best administrators know their staff on a personal level, but they also share pieces of their life with each other as well. I am glad that the gifts are for my dogs because that means people know me. Have you shared your life with your students? That will have to connect with you as a ‘person’ before they ever connect with you as a ‘teacher’.