So I have been reading an awesome book about educational leadership: Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 5), by
Hack 3: Build Relationships offers a great suggestion for school leadership: Take a classroom. The authors suggest the principal sends an email to her teachers saying “Hey everyone! I’m walking the building today and have some free time. Who needs a break?”
My teachers will never go for this I thought to myself.
They’ll never give up control of their classrooms for 20 minute. They are barely able to let go of their classrooms despite flu, flood, or famine (2 out of 3 happened at our school this year). But, I was willing to give it a go! That evening, I quickly created my Google Doc. entitled 20 Minutes of Fun. The document contained a chart broken into time slots. I shared the doc with the teachers. To my surprise, by morning all the time slots were filled.
It was a win win win!
My teachers were thrilled to have 20 precious extra minutes to do the many things a busy teacher needs to do.
The students were thrilled to have a new face in the classroom, especially Mrs. Principal (my favorite nickname)!
I was thrilled to bless my teachers and to spend extended time with students of all ages and sizes.
I recommend reading Hacking Leadership. Even Principals need to step out of their comfort zone and try something new once in a while—even if it’s only for 20 minutes!
What do you think?
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by Mary Kay Kane
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