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Looking back, I am thrilled with a decision I made at the beginning of summer vacation. I began the summer by offering time for teachers to sign up for "Individual Meetings" with their new principal. I figured I would have a few people who would want to meet and discuss things. My purpose behind the meetings were: 1.) meet me and talk to me face-to-face, 2.) allow me to meet my staff members, and 3.) allow staff members' voices to be heard.
I needed to get a feel for the building. What direction were we headed? Where are teachers' ideas around initiatives within the building? How can I serve the community to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the initiatives?
The decision to provide the meetings was a great one. I have had 30 staff members sign up to meet with me - and not just my classroom teachers. I've met with an interventionist, assistants, my nurse, and classroom teachers. I love hearing the differing perspectives. I love this initial face-to-face time to get to know my staff. From what I have gathered, I've landed in a gold mine. I'm beginning to notice trends, which helps guide me to better serve my school community. I'm thrilled with the responses of how many staff members who signed up. Just astounded.
Moving forward - It's going to be a great year, one that I will chronicle in this blog. Thanks to discussions with a member of my Twitter PLN, @PrincipalFrench, I will heed his advice and keep my posts shorter, so as they are less intimidating for me to write and actually press "Publish."
It's been great having the time to reflect this summer, and it's been beneficial for me. I will be intentional about making time to reflect during this first year as an administrator. Plus, I love reflecting with my PLN because you all are awesome!