Admit You’re the Supervisor
i Ready for greater leadership opportunities within your teaching
Eager to become a supervisor.
i Excited and nervous about being a supervisor for the first time.
(Even positive change can be hard.)
i Reluctant to become a supervisor. Others encourage you to lead, but
you are afraid.
i Committed to remain a teacher. We need master teachers. You may
not carry the title of supervisor, but you still lead through role model-
ing and helping others.
i Hesitant about dealing with diﬃ cult supervisory situations. It’s fun to
lead when others are following, but more challenging to guide adults
to change and grow.
Exploring the idea of leading adults given your success with children.
Comfortable with your leadership skills, but in need of more ideas to
encourage and connect to staff.
q What Do Supervisors Do?
What do supervisors do? In the very basic sense, supervisors help adults to
succeed just as teachers help children to succeed. Here are some more ideas.
Supervisors do the following:
i Value children and families
i Guide and coach staff
i Build relationships
i Encourage innovation
i Role-model excellence
Does that sound like you? I forgot to include plunging the toilet—that’s part
of the job too. Being a supervisor in early childhood education is a challeng-
ing job at times but a thoroughly rewarding one. You have the opportunity
to positively affect the lives of many children by encouraging the adults who
teach them. Are you ready for the challenge? You are!
being a supervisor
Be honest with yourself about how you feel as a supervisor. Supervising can
be diﬃ cult and complex, and no two people will accomplish it the same way.
Your feelings about your position may vary from day to day, but it’s good to
have a sense of how you approach your position. As you read this book, you
may find your feelings toward supervising changing—and that’s okay too!