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Is it normal for you to ever be “ghosted” by your administration? I feel like I’m constantly emailing, calling, texting, and meeting with them and nothing gets done. As soon as I leave their office, I’m ignored. If I email/text them a question or request, I’m ignored unless it benefits them. This is at a district where I travel between 3 schools and have 3 principals. They’re all like this and communication is especially important since I have to travel.

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Treat them same ...talk less to them if you can

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Think of it like Schroedinger's Cat. As long as they are not talking to you, from your perspective, they think you are doing a FANTASTIC job and a TERRIBLE job at the same time (there is no way for you to know), but once you find out then you have to live with the reality of one of those two possibilities.

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I get that, and some times it is nice not to be constantly checked upon. I’d like to know which category I fall into though. That’d at least give me something to work on instead of constantly thinking to myself “are they blowing me off, or did they genuinely forget?”

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Normal? Yes. But it’s just rude.

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Short answer: yes! I understand that their inboxes must be full, but if they leave their staff unacknowledged, it breeds resentment. If communication only flows one way, it’s not an atmosphere of trust. Talk to your union rep! There should be a system in place for itinerant teachers as well, due to the challenges of your position! I can’t imagine trying to juggle 3 principals! Hang in there!

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I travelled between 5 schools for 6 years. The comminication is hard and being in the know is harder. I would advise: 1. Culivate a alliance with a teacher in each building who will keep you up to speed so less has to go through the principal. 2. See who is your offical prinicpal (whose in charge of your home base if there is such a thing, or your evaluating) and try to keep the communication more open with them. 3. Don't take it as a value statement on you or what you do. If they were concerned they would be in contact that there not... Go with you are rocking it and they are confident in your abilities. I would bet it is not personal and some principals are not great at giving validation. After a while I started to appreciate the independance to do my best without micromanaging and get my validation from myself, student growth, or collegues. What do you teach? Is there a depatment head or more experienced colleague that could answer some of you inquiries?

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Sorry apparently replied making a new thread. That one is me too. :) Do you have a home base somewhere?

I email once. Then, on the 2nd email, I remind him of the first email, then "If I dont hear from you by...I will assume your consent, and will proceed."

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I also am a music teacher and have always been in small districts. It is hard and sometimes a lonely road. Do you do elementary or k-12? Maybe find another music teacher in a nearby district or ally in the art or PE teacher. I found a combo of becoming comfortable in my independence and having a couple of strong allies ( to keep me in the loop) were both essential. Work on best practices and control what you can. Know that you are doing important work. I had to learn to let the rest go. I am there to do what I can for the students. Be confident in your why. You got this. What are the communication issues usually about?

Wow. That is too thin to be spread. I'm sorry. We fought that fight and did not win at my district... I ended up leaving and am now a another small district that values what I do. Mostly driven by parents that demand they value it and do not spread us quite that thin. I am sorry that is stressful and hard. Only you can make the call when you have had enough of a toxic situation. Until then... I stand by my previous advice to help. Maybe also see you your union will help with the inequality of staffing or a parent booster club that will assist you and advocate on you behalf.

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Try ignoring them, then you will get a response.

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