School Principals and the Cafeteria
A principal is a Jack of all trades in the school. They dabble in a wide range of responsibilities that include providing direction for students, staff, and educators; evaluating teaching methods; monitoring the progress of students; connecting with stakeholders; overseeing the budget, among many other functions. Despite the innumerable responsibilities, the principal has an imperative to relate to the students, and the cafeteria is the perfect place to do that.
Say Hi To Your Students
Strolling around the cafeteria saying hello to students is a great way to build a relationship with them. This humanizes the principal in the eyes of the students and makes him more relatable. Take this further by remembering students’ names in conversation and complementing their appearance or conduct. Also, being genuinely concerned about their personal struggles, say an ailing relative, can be a huge relationship builder.
An inquisitive mind is the mark of any great leader. The principal should endeavor to ask as many questions as possible, talk less and pay attention to the answers. Taking the time to pick the students’ brains to get a feel for how they are doing, what concerns them, and how they can help? In doing so, the principal can better understand the students’ experience.
The principal can also interact with students sitting alone and actually listen to them. It is important for everyone to feel heard, especially students.
Make Sure You Sit With A Group for A Meal
Most principals hardly ever sit to dine with the students. This simple act can greatly magnify your connection to the students. You get to experience the food together, relish how tasty or awful it is, and perhaps share a laugh or two. A shared meal is also a great way to instill in your students a sense of appreciation for good nutrition. This can also help them acknowledge the efforts of the cafeteria staff to provide their meals.
Young students often look up to their seniors for guidance during tough times. As such, it is important to always maintain a positive attitude even through difficulty. With a surge of mental health issues, young people run the risk of getting discouraged in their lives. However, a positive figure can help them take on various challenges in a positive way.
Frequently Acknowledge Your Staff and Students
Acknowledging achievements by students and educators is a great way to boost morale. It builds a sense of camaraderie and appreciation when praise is given to deserving individuals that strive to make the schools shine.
Create a Supportive Environment
Great principals create a supportive environment for both students and educators. They understand that everyone matters and strive to make everyone feel important in the school. Being open to suggestions and acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes can go a long way.
Undoubtedly, the job of a school principal can be quite demanding. However, creating a culture where the interests of the students come first should be a priority. And there is no place better to start than the cafeteria.