The featured image in this post is a drawing from my 8 year old son Owen. When asked what I do for work he created this masterpiece. Even though I do try to keep a clean desk, my two favorite parts are me napping in the top left hand corner and the angry assistant principal yelling at a student. When I asked him to explain those boxes he told me the box of me sleeping is because when I get home I’m tired from work. He nailed it on the head. This job is exhausting and at times can drain you completely.
I am rather new to administration, I have about 1.5 years under my belt. While I knew that I wanted to become an administrator, I am surprised at just how much I love it. As a teacher, I had basic control over my day, every day. And by basic, I mean that you plan the day and while students can change that, you have the basic outline of what is going to happen. As an administrator, I have found that I never know what or who is going to walk through my door. For whatever reason, that really resonates with me and my personality. I enjoy problem solving and figuring out how best to handle a situation. But, even though I enjoy the job, there is definitely a learning curve.
I came across this image in my Twitter feed from @karaknollmeyer and immediately loved it. I am constantly seeking new advice and coaching on my job and how I can do it better. I think that is why I love Twitter so much (are you sick of me talking about Twitter yet?)
I want to spend a few blog posts exploring this advice and talk about some experiences that have fallen into these categories for me.
Still laugh at Owen’s drawing every time! Love the infographic— nailed it on the head.
The wisdom of a child…