The Helicopter Administrator and the Teacup Teacher, part 2

Yesterday I wrote about Helicopter administrators and Teacup teachers.  I guess I could have saved myself (and anyone who reads this) a lot of time by getting to the main point:  Administrators who hover over their teachers, constantly criticizing and micromanaging, create teachers who are not critical thinkers and are afraid to try something new.

In my mind, the next logical question is… why?

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The Helicopter Administrator and The Teacup Teacher, part 1

The helicopter parent.

The teacup child.

You have heard these terms before.  They are not new.  I have referenced these concepts in previous blog posts as well.  (But just in case these terms are new to you, I have provided links of definition.)

Let me first start by saying that I use these pejoratives with no venom.  I am fascinated by the experience and thought process that causes one to become a “helicopter parent.”  Based upon articles I have read and conversations I have had with those who could be called “helicopters,” I have come to the conclusion that these people experienced some sort of traumatic experience that has caused them to over-protect their children.  In many of the experiences I have encountered, I have found a common theme:

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What is Our Language?

Allow me to share a bit  (of embarrassment) from my youth…

Joey was my best friend when I was a young child.  He and I were inseparable.  The things that we did!  Well, let’s just say that I am extremely grateful that my own children haven’t put me through some of the situations that my parents had to face.

One of the more tame and unusual occurrences in our relationship was that we developed our own language.  It grew on its own, without much thought into what we were “saying.”  And yet, it was a language that we shared.  Each utterance held meaning and we knew what we were saying to each other.

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Leaders Love

A few weeks ago, I wanted to write a blog post about leadership.  In a previous post, I mentioned that I am a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and I wanted to compare and contrast the leadership styles of Bo Pelini (who was the head football coach at the time) and Tim Miles (the men’s basketball coach.)

But then Pelini was fired.  And then I got distracted.  And then I had other thoughts that I wanted to blog about.

But the desire to blog on this issue came up again as I read notes that I took from a keynote address given by Gary McGuey at an administrator’s conference.  I like to take notes at these conferences and then go back to them three to six months later as a refresher.

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