Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A School Leadership Quiz


 

Are you ready to be a school leader?  Are you already one and want to test your judgement?  Find out by taking this simple quiz (unscientific and somewhat for entertainment purposes).

For each question, pick the answer which best matches how you feel.  Write down (or remember) your answers.  When finished, use the point values to add up your score.





1.  A student comes to you to complain that her teacher does not seem to care about her.  Do you...
     A. Tell her you are sorry, but the teacher is doing his best
     B.  Listen, ask questions, then provide advice for how to talk with the teacher about the issue
     C.  Blame the district office for assigning the teacher to your school
     D.  All of the above


2.  You hear about a teacher who is doing interesting and engaging lessons using technology.  Do you...

     A.  Visit the class to see the lesson first hand
     B.  Tell the teacher you are hearing great things about her class
     C.  Ask the teacher if she would be interested in helping her colleagues learn how she used technology
     D.  All of the above


3.  You see on your calendar that you have an upcoming meeting with some representatives of the school's Parents' Club.  Do you...

     A.  See it as an opportunity to praise the work of the staff and listen to the feedback from the parents
     B.  See it as a chance to drink free coffee and eat free pastries
     C.  Dread the meeting because you have more important things to do
     D.  All of the above


4.  At a recent faculty meeting, a group of teachers presented an idea to enhance student engagement using current school technology resources.  You respond by...
     A.  Dismissing the idea at the meeting then going back to your office to make the same presentation to your supervisor, thus taking all the credit for the idea.
     B.  Tell the group that although the idea seems like a good one, you just don't think the school is ready to make that change.
     C.  You ask clarifying questions, invite the team of teachers to meet with you to discuss the matter later, and offer to help support the exploration of the idea.
     D.  Don't understand how technology is used in class, so don't care one way or another.


5.  Which of the following appears to be the most attractive part of being a school leader?
     A.  You may get a nice office.
     B.  You get a pay raise.
     C.  You are responsible for more of the operations of the school.
     D.  You believe you have skills and abilities that you want to share for the betterment of the school.




Ok, let's see how you did.  Add up your points and check your score.

#1:  A = 2, B = 4, C = 0, D = 0

#2:  A = 3, B = 3, C = 3, D = 4

#3:  A = 4, B = 0, C = 0, D = 0

#4:  A = 0, B = 1, C = 4, D = 0

#5:  A = 2, B = 2, C = 3, D = 4

Scores:

18-20:  Well done!  Go forth and lead.  Your school will be well served.
14-18:  Not bad, but you may need a mentor.
8-13:    Are you sure you want to lead a school?
0-7:      Schools face enough challenges.  You should consider a different line of work.


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