My first year as principal is over. Wow…I somehow didn’t truly anticipate being able to say those words. Now that summer holidays are in full swing in Manitoba, I have lots of people asking me my thoughts on this first year. It’s hard to put into word what an experience this past year has been – challenging, deeply rewarding, exhausting, inspiring, filled with sorrow and filled with pride.
I can vividly recall my first three days as principal – harried, anxious, unsure. By my last three days of the school year, I felt more settled and secure. I have certainly grown in so many ways over the last 10 months, and see how much more I have to learn.
As I blow the dust off my blog, I am surprised to see that my last entry was over 5 months ago! I have a few started blog entries that never got finished, and several other blog ideas still rattling around in my brain. It seemed that the school year somehow raced away on me. The continual state of reflection I was in didn’t seem to make it past myself as I struggled to keep up with the fast pace of the principal’s office. Blogging was such a helpful tool, but my good intentions and commitment didn’t always seem to work together.
I continue to be amazed with how life continually unfolds and presents opportunities at just the right time. One year ago, I stumbled across the #savmp – School Administrator Virtual Mentorship Program – where George Couros provided a platform to connect with and learn from other school leaders. My mentor was Jimmy Casas….Incredible! So through blogs, Twitter, and Google Hang-Outs, I was able to connect and learn from so many educators and school leaders. It has been a support that I can not imagine navigating my first year as principal without.
Just when I was starting to feel the void of the #savmp, Twitter guided me to another fabulous learning opportunity – The Compelled Tribe. Thanks to Jennifer Hogan and Craig Vroom, I am about to embark on another learning adventure through blogging and connecting with other educators. This ‘Tribe’ sounds like just what I need to allow my blogging commitment to thrive, ensuring I make the time to reflect as an educator and school leader.
So I will sign off from my school year, and attempt to take a break from my school brain for a short time to relax and recharge. But I am eagerly anticipating my year two adventure, alongside The Compelled Tribe!