In the class I was observing, the students start their day by doing different math and spelling sheets that they call “Morning Work.” Their teacher, Mrs. Michael lets the students alternate on doing their morning work and getting on the computer, so the children won’t get bored sitting there doing work. I liked how she let the children switch between the two activities because if the children are getting tired of sitting at their desks doing math Mrs. Michael will let them switch. I also noticed a few other things I liked about how Mrs. Michael does things in her classroom. Mrs. Michael would always make sure the children knew she was proud of them for working hard on their work. Another thing I liked that Mrs. Michael did with the students was separating them into groups.
She greets them and apologizes for the absence of her husband, the headmaster. They adults gets a drink, while they all talk about Charles and his life. After a while the headmaster enters the room and say hallo. While the headmaster and the parents talk, his wife takes Charles to show him some of the other students at the school. They go to a room where some boys are playing and are being noisy but the second they enter, the boys become quiet.
On the other hand, Winter Session exemplifies the Devon School’s standards. Academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, and military enlistment are of the highest priority. Many of the important Masters change from summer to winter. In the summer, Mr. Prud’Homme is a main Master. He is relaxed and charmed by Phineas, and does not enforce Devon’s strict code.
It is not good for the principal’s stress, but students need to know who is in charge and why they are at the school. This is why many heads are known as “the boss”. The key is then to go back to the office and sit quietly while the rest of the school is humming with urgency and energy to get things done properly. The principal can now return to being the servant leader of the school. “Demand and command leadership” and the need to be assertive, as long as it is only periodically, can be good for the school.