A Principal Practices Rounding with Teachers
Dr. Reggie Lipnick is a middle school principal in the Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Florida. In one of her first school leadership positions, she made rounding with teachers one of her top priorities. By doing so, she learned something from them. The sixth grade teachers told her that their students were losing about 20 minutes of instructional time a day because of where classrooms were located. To allow students time to get to places like the cafeteria and special areas, the teachers had to shorten the academic classes.
A Simple Solution
Being new, Dr. Lipnick asked them how long that had been going on. The answer ended up being about 15 years! Dr. Lipnick then did a great thing. She asked the teachers how they believed the problem should be solved. In the middle of the school year, the teachers made a decision to change classrooms and accommodate students’ needs.
We’ve found that when we ask teachers to solve problems, they will do what’s right for students every time.
Excerpt from: Maximize Performance