How The Principal Can Improve Teacher Performance
The following article is written by Bpk Suyitno, the principal of SD Ngepung, Probolinggo. He sets out a number of ideas for improving teacher performance.
Clinical Supervision: The Principal focuses upon a number of teachers and supervises and observes them teaching in the classroom. The results, both positive and negative, are reviewed in a staff meeting.
Informal Open Discussions: During informal open discussions teachers can express their feelings in a informal atmosphere. The time chosen to do this is flexible. It can be during breaks or any other spare time. The topics discussed are generally about school activities and student learning. These sessions can also be used for lobbying new ideas amongst the teachers.
Principal and Teachers Working Together: This is a partnership model between the principal as supervisor and the teacher as the party being supervised. The form of partnership can be illustrated as follows. If a teacher is having problems implementing PAKEM in a certain subject, then the principal and teacher together will make a lesson plan, followed by their team teaching the lesson together. This activity is repeated several times until the teacher really understands and is competent.
Student Competitions: To motivate teachers and students to become more active and creative, the school can conduct a competition every couple of weeks. Various kinds of competitions can be organized including speech, story telling, drama, drawing, essay writing, singing/karaoke, tidy and clean classrooms and exhibitions of students' work.
Open House: To strengthen and to support teachers' performance, the principal needs to open up the school, and possibly invite other schools to visit the school, especially to observe the classroom learning activities that they believe to be successful. The teachers who are to be visited should be informed of the schedule well in advance so that they are well prepared.
'Retreat': A retreat is when you travel together to a particular destination during a holiday break. The principal, teachers and other staff all take part in the retreat, possibly together with their families. At the retreat they organize activities to do with the school and education issues. From these retreats you usually get lots of new, fresh ideas.
These strategies really are able to improve the performance of teachers. Believe it or not: try it first, then comment.
By Suyitno, School Principal, SD Ngepung, Probolinggo