Admit You’re the Supervisor
17 I work to gain the respect of staff, not their approval.
What are some of the ways that you know your staff respects or is
beginning to respect you?
q Being a Master Supervisor
Use Your Skills with Children to Guide Adults
What does a master teacher do? How does she engage the children? A master
Develops individual relationships with each child.
i Celebrates a child’s current skills and gives him opportunities to
enhance and develop new skills.
i Provides a routine and clear expectations for the child.
i Validates a child’s feelings of accomplishment, anger, or frustration.
i Helps the child resolve conﬂict with others.
i Redirects the child to appropriate behavior.
i Gives the child opportunities to learn self-help skills.
being a supervisor
If you’re really a master teacher, then you can be a master supervisor by apply-
ing the same techniques and skills to adults as you did with children; just lose
the sweetsy voice. Too bad adults aren’t as cute as kids.
Being a supervisor doesn’t mean you’re unfair or harsh. It means assum-
ing authority, helping people, and also holding them accountable for their
actions. Being a good supervisor means helping adults to be the very best they
can be. So admit you’re the supervisor and do the very best job you can.