This weekend I’m at an SDE conference with my kinder team.
Kindergarten is its own beast, ya’ll.
I taught fourth grade. Big tall fourth graders who relatively could control their emotions, tie their shoes, and regular complete multistep tasks.
There were two opportunities I had to cover some kinder classes this year and my’lanta. I’ve never been more thankful to see those teachers show back up in my life! It was such a reminder that our teacher work hard and are EXPERTS at what they do! When this team asked if they could attend this kinder specific conference, I was all about it.
Why did I come?
Because I have never taught kindergarten,
Because their content is important.
Because rarely are you as the admin able to provide grade-level specific content to EVERYone, but especially kindergarten. (Think about your specials teachers, your experts, the odd specialists…how do you move them from point A to their point B?)
Because I had the opportunity to eat, text with, laugh and grow as this team got stronger together.
Because I get to hear what they are hearing. When they ask me to buy those heavy-duty fancy paper plates to build sand individual sand trays, I now know the reason why.
Because dear lord, I don’t know everything and can ALWAYS find a takeaway to make me a stronger leader.
Take advantage of moments to step outside of your comfort zone. Model what it means to genuinely be a lifelong learner.
Kinder caring &
(Also, important to note, I’m here today, Sunday, only…will be back with the rest of my Wolves for school tomorrow! #allthethings)