Getting It All Done

In the first three weeks of school, I’ve quickly learned that it’s hard to get it all done.  My first lesson was in prioritizing things that had to be done at school over work that could be done at home.  Meeting with students and teachers, walkthroughs, phone calls…these are jobs that have to be done at school.  Research, planning, organizing…I can do these at home more effectively with fewer interruptions.

21 Day

One “tool” that has really helped me to become more efficient was participation in Justin Baeder’s 21-Day Instructional Leadership Challenge.  Principals and assistant principals know that our most important job is to serve as the instructional leaders for the school.  The 21-Day Instructional Leadership Challenge offers easy, quick solutions for becoming great instructional leaders while balancing the many other important jobs that we must complete during the day.  Each day you will receive a short video that you can watch or (as is my preference) you can read the transcript.

As I start “official” classroom walkthroughs next week, I look forward to implementing some of the great advice that I learned from the 21-Day Instructional Leadership Challenge.  If you are looking for some great ideas for streamlining your day and accomplishing more, check out this FREE opportunity.

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Calm Before the Storm

calm-before-the-storm05Welcome to the start of our new adventure!  Today is the “calm before the storm.”  Tomorrow begins our first day as assistant principals.  As we prepare for our new roles, we must stop and reflect.  Logistically, we are ready to go.  We realize that there will be so many demands on our time tomorrow, but we are prepared.  But just like teachers, we still have those “First Day” jitters.  We want to ensure our students are safe, prepared, and excited to learn.  We hope our teachers arrive rested, ready, and feel supported by our decisions thus far.  And as a school community, we hope to instill a passion for life-long learning.

Tomorrow, we will rise up to meet new expectations and challenges.  We are grateful for the experiences and learning opportunities provided by previous leaders.  We will take everything we have learned, and make the best decisions for our students.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”