Whether you are a leader or teacher, your Primary or class may benefit from pausing a moment and taking stock. In professional settings, it’s standard organizational practice to periodically conduct “360 degree” evaluations with all sectors of the organization, in order to figure out what’s working well and what could use adjustment. As always, different points of view may have different insights that might not be as visible to the leaders or teachers themselves.
“No one of us is as smart as many of us together. Each of us brings a unique perspective and set of experiences and insights,” said Jakob R. Jones, Ensign, 9/16, 46). Presidency members may already be conducting personal stewardship interviews with teachers and other Primary leaders. Ideally these interviews would happen after a few weeks in the calling, to see how things are working out at first, and then periodically thereafter. In these interviews, leaders can learn much by listening as well as instructing and training.
Or you may want to invite comments from all the teachers at once, either by survey (paper, electronic or both) or interview (phone or in-person). Questions might include:
- 3 strengths of our Primary as a whole from your point of view,
- 3 areas for growth for our Primary as a whole,
- your 3 greatest challenges as you serve in your position,
Leaders may want to visit classes or co-teach occasionally for additional support of teachers, especially if the teacher has a particular concern.
Also see Working Together: Strength in Unity
It’s a joy to work together in unity in this grand kingdom-building work, one child at a time.