Ethical Leadership: Field-Based Shadowing Case Study

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Ethical Leadership Field-Based Shadowing Ann Webb Ethical Leadership Field-Based Shadowing For my first internship field-based activity, I chose to learn about the administrative role by shadowing the elementary principal for an entire day. Going into this activity, I expected the principal to routinely be involved with student discipline, field questions from staff members, and spend a majority of the day completing tons of necessary paper work. It was not long into this process that my prospective began to change. After answering numerous calls and greeting students arriving on the bus, the principal stopped to write a short thank you note and a birthday greeting to two staff members. This action made me realize that…show more content…
In one situation, a student ran away from the supervising teacher on the playground area and attempted to leave the school premises. The principal had me go after the student. After successfully convincing the student to return on his own, I had a conference with the parent, student, and police officer. We resolved the problem and I returned to the principal’s office. The principal and I did not agree upon the punishment for the student. After explaining the reasoning behind my decision not to suspend, the principal let the decision stand. I felt my decision would have a positive impact on the student. I also gave this student an alternative solution rather than running away from his problems at school. Another ethical issue occurred when the principal allowed the counselor to transport a student home to pick up homework assignments. Typically students are not allotted this privilege and must accept the consequences of not bringing work to school. I considered the possibilities of her explanation to other students who found themselves in the same situation. The principal and I discussed the issue and she explained some special circumstances with this particular child. The situation still made me question the fairness and equitable treatment of all…show more content…
Individual situations and circumstances do play a role in making the best decision to promote student learning. With all the responsibilities that face the school leader, I do look back and see that my principal did maintain the most important focus. That focus should be the student. Special time was taken to have lunch with several students in the cafeteria. I see this as a way to encourage open dialogue between students and administration. Circulation does convey a purpose to students as well as staff. I believe the principal must create that climate for learning with openness and development of trust. Through this reflective process I realize that the principal did do the majority of the paper work after the students had departed from school. This commitment models the expectations for the staff and proves that I, as a principal, must strive to create a school culture that has a positive influence on life and learning in my school. The entire thought of developing successful learning communities in my school is a great challenge. I realize that I have much to learn and everything will not happen as quickly as needed. Change is never an easy process, but as I strive to build on the positive and eradiate the negative my focus will be to have a highly effective school with highly effective teachers. I found great value in
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