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If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers (Kids' Stuff) Paperback – May 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Kids' Stuff
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Incentive Publications; Edition Unstated edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865304572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865304574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Ed Bennett on April 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Fashioned literally as a menu for administrative success, Neila Connors' If you Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students, is a straight talking street smart triumph that is a must for the library of every school administrator. It offers many clever and strategic yet practical suggestions that can be implemented immediately by administrators at all levels. In the savory first chapter entitled, "Whetting your Appetite-the Menu Please" Connors promises a book steeped in practical experience and not research, a promise she keeps throughout. Nevertheless, it should come as no surprise that many of her suggestions parallel current educational research, especially with regard to building relationships with staff members and effecting positive changes in organizations.

Connors organizes the eight-chapter book to mirror the cooking and eating of a fine meal. From Chapter 3-"Creating the Ambiance-Preparing to Dine" to Chapter 8-"The Check, Please!" Connors' clever design is sure to ring true with those who enjoy both their meals and their reading material presented in tidy scrumptious portions. For example Chapter 4 discusses "Passing the P's", which, instead of asking for round green vegetables, provides a list of important attributes of successful administrators, all of which begin with the letter "P". The chapter goes on to describe each item in detail, but articulating these thoughts by a listing of "P" words is convenient and, dare I say, tasteful.
Connors really gets cooking in the third chapter, where she sets the tone for the remainder of the book by articulating what seems to be her core belief. "The quality of employees will be directly proportional to the quality of life you maintain for them," is the quote from Charles E.
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Curtis R. Case on March 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am in my third year as an administrator in a public high school and currently enrolled in a doctorate program in educational administration. As part of my studies I have read several books and reviews on leadership and management, and even though Neila Connors offers a disclaimer that her book is not research based, focused on results of surveys, or theoretically driven, her information is line with current research. Her book takes a more humorous and lighter approach on the importance of an effective leader or administrator recognizing teachers and creating a positive school climate.
The author has complied a list of characteristics for truly effective educational leaders through her numerous observations of successful leaders. The "head cook" must have a vision that others are willing to buy into and be wanting and not forced to follow. A short section in the first chapter allows the reader a chance to reflect on his/her current status as an effective school leader by answering a series of short questions and "Whetting Your Appetite" for further reading.
Later chapters such as "The Need to Feed" and "Creating an Ambiance" give the reader a list of indicators of effective leaders that can be used as a measuring stick and as a guide to what to include in our everyday roles as educational leaders. There is also a series of yes/no questions that can help determine the hunger that your individual schools and teachers may be experiencing. The ambiance or school climate is seen as one of the main responsibilities of a school principal and there is a list of seven attributes a leader must have in order to have a positive school climate and help insure the teachers feel satisfied.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Maloney on November 3, 2002
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There are many things Educational Leaders are unable to do because Education is so commonly plagued by inadequate funding. However, one thing that too many educational leaders can do, and too often fail to do, is to affirm their teachers. Affirmation and recognition don't require more money. With an ongoing mindfulness of "taking care of, and honoring teachers" a school leader can do tremendous things for morale and ultimately for student success.

Studies of the reasons school leaders lose their jobs often point out that there are too many of them who are not present to their teachers,, who fail to include them in decision-making, who don't know even know their teachers names, and who far too often, treat their teachers as insignificant.

While there is a lot of paperwork and other distractions n educational administration, the highest priority of a leader has to be the students and the teachers who work directly with those students! Teachers, by and large, are highly devoted individuals with a special calling in life. Yet, teachers are human too. They have the need to be respected, listened to, acknowledged and celebrated. This is where too many school leaders fall short.

In, If You Don't Feed the Teachers, They Will Eat the Students, author Neila A. Connors, points out some simple and valuable ideas for letting teachers know that they are valued and appreciated. Humorous in tone, Connors illustrates a very clear plan for continuously addressing the affirmation of teachers.
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