This past week brought about several surprises. I met with many of the students through the grade assemblies and now find them saying hello to me in the halls. Students are coming up to me and introducing themselves, which is very nice, as I had been going up to them the previous weeks as they looked at me as a stranger in their school. It really makes you feel welcome to the school. Meeting students and finding out their own feelings about the school is a welcome respite from meeting students that are sent to my office (or brought there by their inappropriate decisions).
I also went through my first consultations as an administer (quite different from being there as a teacher, which took a little while to get used to). I think the first few ‘solo flights’ were a little rusty, but the opportunity to talk with the teachers about their classes and students and teaching was amazing. There are some amazingly hard working teachers that really care about our students. It was nice and during this difficult time of job action, I found that having those conversations gave me greater insight into our school.
Finally, I had the chance to attend two great sessions with Charles Leadbeater around innovation in education, which reminded me how much I like professional and instructional development. By giving different examples of innovation and providing opportunities to discuss with many different stakeholders in education was a great breath of oxygen. I especially enjoyed meeting up with a parent (member of our district’s DPAC), other administrators and friends from Burnaby. Seeing a teacher on the following Monday, also reminded me the power of twitter, as he mentioned that he had been following the conversations through my account.
I can’t believe it is already the fourth week. The only blip on the last week was the letter calling me to Jury Duty during spring break (both Mondays!). Ah well, that’s the price to live in this great country.