I have to say…I need to give more credit to all the principals out there. I am only in charge of one teacher and an ever changing enrollment of never more than 30 students, and I find some days wayyyyyy too rough.
It is so difficult to find the right line between being a friend and being a supervisor. You need to have the respect of everyone, and that is something that can be so hard to gain. Confronting a teaching on their mistakes is so difficult to do, and going through with enough follow throughs to ensure the error is corrected feels like a never ending job.
I think what makes what I am doing even more difficult (besides having kids with emotional problems) is I still have the cultural barrier. Although I understand many things about the Samoan culture, there is still something blocking me from being as effective as I can be. I am not exactly sure how I can overcome this obstacle.
After this treacherous week, my hats off to all the principals out there- kudos on surviving on one of the most difficult jobs.