Show Notes, Episode X: Title
This podcast is being recorded in mid-January of 2022 and disruption from the Omicron variant of COVID 19 is intense. I don’t know that there are any solutions that school leaders can take at the local level, but finding a few minutes to reflect on our experiences, to learn from each other, and to feel more connected with our peers is important. This will be the last of three podcasts released in quick succession. Each podcast will focus on how a different assistant principal is navigating this current moment. I’m not sure if these episodes will shape your practice, but I think they will be cathartic, and right now that seems good enough.
One of the things that I can do for them that tells me how they’re doing when I attend their planning meetings is just visiting, and listening, and getting to know them, and sharing, it goes back to just keeping it real
We got a new student last week that hasn’t been in a classroom setting since September, there are challenges, and this is different, but I think it will lend itself to making them stronger and better
We’re all human, this is a hard time, it isn’t supposed to be easy. I don’t want to say that this is the new normal, but it’s just hard. And education has never been easy. This is just an extra added layer. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, we all want to cry, we all want to die laughing, but we can do this, and we’ve got this
All those teachers out there, they’re killing it. Nobody is appreciating them as much as we should be, and they just have to know in their hearts that they are doing much more important work than anyone will understand, and they need to rest assured in that
The reality is, safety first, so if you have to cover a class, you have to cover a class and all of those other things pile up, and we just aren’t doing a lot of coaching right now
As principals, we always walk around with our “Fix-it” hat on. So to understand that sometimes teachers just need to be listened to… just staying focused and being with them and listening is a great gift as well