One month in and there’s so much I have already learned! Right off the bat, I have learned how very much I don’t know…and how very ok that is!
It feels like I have been here forever, in a very good way, but I haven’t been. I’m still learning kids names. I’m still learning traditions, and unstated expectations, and how things have been done in the past.
Keeping up with my schedule, my assistants schedule, my counselors schedule…not to mentions teacher’s schedules…
Emails. Oh the emails…responding, answering, delegating…saving, filing, deleting.
Instruction…there’s so much greatness around here. We’re piloting a district initiative with Ipads, and I am so proud of how my teachers have DOVE in, are tacking 30Hands, Educreations, app smashing, and integrating all over with a high level of instructional value. Follow us on Facebook if you’d like to see some of what we’re sharing.
Building relationships. Every day I am intentionally doing SOMETHING that fosters relationships. From staff, to my AP, to my parents…I am doing SOMETHING and in my Erin Condren Planner I am highlighting each day that I do some little something. I am hoping it’s these little things that make a BIG difference. I’ve bought drinks for those outside in the car pool, given out Twinkies as a “Teamann Treat” for those who completed a task I’ve asked of them, mailed postcards to lil’Wolves bragging on what I hear their teachers bragging about, and written happy notes to those I see that are just keeping on!
I had a great conversation with an administrator I respect this week, asking him his thoughts on a few typical admin situations, and I thought he gave me the BEST advice. He said “Amber, you don’t have to have all the answers.
Such a relief to know I don’t have to have it all mastered, just knowing what I want our “story” to be will help us all find those answers…together…the way it should be!