Friday, January 22, 2010

Reflection Week 2

Thurday, January 21st

A colleague shared information about becoming a future administrator and sharing how to go about balancing personal and professional life.

  • “Survivor skills for the principalship”
  • Take care of #1 - have some "me" time.
  • Enroll in playtime 101 - get out and do fun stuff! Get new hobbies.
  • Have the family visit the school, so faculty know you’re a person
  • Schedule “fun time” with friends and family
  • Leave campus once in a while - take a break, talk a walk, get coffee.
  • Have a discussion with your spouse about your new position/role
We watched this great video on TED that discussed creativity in schools. Apparently, our traditional school environments tell kids they need to fail in order to learn. But we punish them with grades when they do fail, so this is inhibiting their creativity! “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, then you’ll never be creative.” Listen to Ken Robinson's presentation:

Some other profound items worth discussing from this class:
  • 50% rule – spend half the time in your office and half out in the school doing things. Do not be a hermit! Make sure you are visible!
  • Supervisory time should be spent on helping each teacher become just a bit better. Be sure to meet them where they are comfortable, give up some of your power!
  • Spend 10% of supervisory time dealing with incompetence and unsatisfactory items. Do not relinquish power here, have these meetings in your office!