Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summer Loneliness

I remember mid-July as a school leader.  I would have completed all of the end-of-year tasks with the school leadership team, reviewed lots of data, started updating handbooks, etc…. maybe even taken a vacation with my family.  I had gotten some very needed “alone time” to find lost items in my office, give my mind a break from the constant interaction of students and staff members.  But as someone who truly cared about the students and staff members, a month or so was enough.  I would get very antsy in mid-July, hoping that staff members would “happen to stop in”, be in the building writing curriculum, etc.  Not that there wasn’t PLENTY of new-school-year-preparation to be done with the leadership team…. I just got to the point where I missed the day-to-day conversations with students and staff members and couldn’t sit still in any more meetings or in front of my computer anymore.  Going into a leadership position, I never anticipated that mid-July loneliness.

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Disclaimers

Of course, with any public document, one ought to make some general disclaimers.  First, the viewpoints expressed within this blog are purely my own and purely reflections on my own experiences working in public schools; they are not public statements made by any of my current or past places of employment or affiliations.  Secondly, at times, some of these entries may contain some humor; In discussing some experiences that would be categorized as “on-the-job learning,” I would never imply that my training to become an Educational Leader was not valuable, especially considering that I now work as the coordinator and an instructor for that same program!  Our program works hard to prepare future leaders by embedding as many “real-life” opportunities for them and helping them to understand the value and process of collaborative leadership.  Let’s face it, though.  As a anyone working in a school knows, you have experiences that no amount of preparation can help you to predict.  Those are the types of experiences I will share within this blog.

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