A Competent Communicator

My center director is an amazing communicator. She is very patient, fair and makes time for every faculty member. I chose to write about her because she makes everything seem so simple when you think you have a big problem. I remember during a staff meeting one of the new teachers asked her for advice to deal with a child who would not sit still during circle time. The director looked at her and told her that if the child did not wish to sit still that was ok. The children do not have complete trunk control yet and it is difficult for them to sit for even ten minutes without fidgeting. She told her that it was ok to have circle time with the children who wanted to have it and ok for the others to engage in an activity of their choice. This reassured the new teacher who was not used to the “learning through play” curriculum.

My Director has great listening skills and makes you feel like she has all day to listen to your problems without judging you. She lets us all know what is expected of us and is always there to guide us. We can reach any time we need her. She has furnished us with her phone, cell phone and email to make it easy for us to reach her. Her ability to communicate so effectively with all of us, keep us all so focused on our work, and her ability to make us all feel  like we are important members of the center and the community, has made her one of the people that I feel that has great communication skills.

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5 thoughts on “A Competent Communicator

  1. Teresa Motley says:

    Fidelis,
    This is great. Many times I hear the opposite. I visit numerous daycare centers and Early Childhood programs, and I hear a lot of complaints about the how the site manager or directors do not listen or discuss important issues with them. I think your director truly understands what it takes to be a competent communicator with her staff. Teachers complain that their director do not include them when making important decisions.

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    • Ebony O'neal says:

      Fidelis,
      I absolutely love the idea of an open door policy, in that anyone is able to poke their head in the center directors office and take time to talk; whether it’s sharing an accolade or making a complaint about something. I believe the key to being successful in the Early Childhood environment is to allow your actions to speak louder than your words. This can be accomplished through being a present force in the workplace leading by example.

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  2. Margaret Sclesky says:

    Fidelis,
    It sounds like you have an awesome director! The director of the Children’s Learning Center where I work is very much made of the same mold! He is very knowledgeable and understanding. Sometimes I have to give him lots of kudos because he is the only male in a center full of 30 women. He is very approachable and does not ever judge!

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  3. Mary Preville says:

    Fidelis
    I like the sound of your director, it makes the work day so much more pleasant and rewarding when your boss is understanding and easy to relate to. I like the open door policy for both staff and students it creates an environment of trust.
    Mary

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  4. Neketha Polley says:

    Fidelis,
    I enjoyed reading your post and I think it is great that your respect the communication that you have with your director (your boss). Many times people start a job/career that they have a passion for and the passion fades fast because of the management/ their boss. I think having a great relationship with your boss makes your job a lot easier. I think it is a very good thing to have a director that treats you like an equal and encourages you, listens, and backs you in the event that you need to be backed. Having a great relationship with your director gives you the drive and motivation to want to go to work each day and helps to fuel your passion to be a good educator.

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