Deep Leading: Corridor Questions for Principals

In the super-hectic life of school principals there is a tendency for on-the-run conversations to be superficial (“How’s it going?”) or task-oriented (“Don’t forget the meeting after school”).
Can you relate to these types of on the run conversations. Maybe they occur in the staffroom whilst eating your lunch.

How can you make this opportunity a valuable one?

Here are three questions to ask colleagues and students that go deeper and could further a expand CORRIDOR QUESTIONS FOR PRINCIPALS

In the super-hectic life of school principals there is a tendency for on-the-run conversations to be superficial (“How’s it going?”) or task-oriented (“Don’t forget the meeting after school”).
Can you relate to these types of on the run conversations. Maybe they occur in the staffroom whilst eating your lunch.

How can you make this opportunity a valuable one?

Here are three questions to ask colleagues and students that go deeper and could further a school’s overall mission:

“What are you reading?”
This question reinforces the idea that everyone is a reader and encompasses the overall literacy curriculum as it affects students and adults. Books are a school’s oxygen, and the more we read and share words, the healthier our school communities are. If reading is not yet a top priority in the school, this question can spark an important conversation and can lead to tangible next steps, like a staff book club or schoolwide reading time.

“I’ve been thinking about… What do you think?”
This might involve querying a cafeteria worker about a way to improve the flow of students getting their lunch, or asking a teacher for input on a scheme to increase student movement in classrooms without losing instructional time. When leaders ask for input, help, or advice, they model openness and encourage staff members and students to feel part of a team effort.

“If you were me, what would you change?”
The goal of this open-ended question is to get staff and students to speak freely about what’s most important to them. You’ll learn a lot from this question so only ask it if and when you are truly ready to listen. collapse 

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