Monthly Archives: February 2009

4 day school week?

Would you be in favor of a 4 day school week?  Some states are considering this as a cost saving measure.  Take part in the poll at:

http://www.principals.org/s_nassp/index.asp?CID=1138&DID=54609

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My First Day as Assistant Principal

You’re joking, right?  You expect me to remember that day?  All I remember is that it was a blur.  From the moment the kids got off the bus, to the moment they left.   I remember thinking, WOW, this is nothing like teaching.  The days FLY by, there’s no time for lunch, let alone to the bathroom, and when, god when will I get to the paperwork without a planning period???  And you mean now that the students are gone, I’m still on duty for bus issues?  Geez…Oh and don’t forget the weekends or nights when the alarms go off….I have to drive to the school to meet the police and make sure the building is okay.  WHAT??? Are you kidding me???   No one told me about that in my certification or leadership courses!

What about your first day?

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What on earth made you think you could be a principal?

I spent some time reflecting on how to start this blog, and the most logical place I could think of was the beginning! I was a Family and Consumer Science teacher, both at the high school and middle school levels, successfully working with students across income and racial lines (by that I mean no one got stabbed with a knife or accidentally sewed their fingers to the fabric on the sewing machine). I worked with two principals, both of whom were less than effective, in my humble opinion. The first was quite mousy, hardly saw or heard from him in the two years he was there and the next was just the opposite. While I loved teaching, the birth of my second child was enough for me to leave and be a stay-at-home mom.
When my daughter was three years old, I decided to open a nursery school in my church. What an undertaking for a secondary teacher! I enlisted the help of a friend with a degree in Early Childhood Ed. We wrote the curriculum, got it approved by the state and we were off! I have to say, I learned more about how kids learn at that preschool!
After five years, I decided I really missed those secondary rascals, and returned to the public schools. My passion for effective teaching and learning, learned at the 3 and 4 year old level, had quite an impact on my teaching from there on out. (Who says secondary kids are too old for stickers?) I had a terrific principal and superintendent, who both encouraged me to go into administration. In three years I had both my Master’s in Educational Leadership and Principal’s Certification and took a job in a local urban/suburban district as a middle school assistant principal, and that’s where the stories begin.
What is your story? We’d love to hear it!

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Hello world!

Welcome to The Principal’s Companion!  Think of this as a space where you can find all things “principal”.  In the coming weeks and months I hope to provide you with links, RSS feeds and other information on what’s happening with best practices in education.  It’s also a place to share what you are acheiving in your schools, find tips on working with teachers, parents and kids, as well as your journal about your funniest stories, saddest moments and all of the otherwise unbelievable things that happen each day in the crazy world of education!  It’s well known that being a principal is a lonely endeavor.  NO MORE!

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