Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Once and Current Principal

Back on October 6, 2010, I took the difficult step of explaining to the world what was going on in my professional life with my blogpost: Principal-at-large Or, The Once and Future Principal. In that post, I explained that I was not to be a principal for the year. I also explained what I planned to do for the year and for my future.

I called myself the principal-at-large with the following list of duties. Now that the year is over, I've included my self-assessment for each duty.
  • Read dozens of education blogs each day
  • Check
  • Comment on and/or retweet as many things as possible
  • Not as much as I meant to
  • Participate in edchat and ntchat
  • Check for edchat, not so much for ntchat
  • Participate in various other online learning opportunities
  • Check
  • Read my back log of education titles
  • Not hardly
  • Blog about my reading of my backlog of education titles
  • No
  • Blog for Connected Principals
  • Check
  • Get involved in "The Education Debate" going on in the US
  • Check
  • Volunteer at the local elementary school
  • Check
  • Attend EdCamps and other unconferences
  • Check: EdCampKC, EdCampNYC, EduCon, TMNJ, NTCamp, EdCampBoston
  • Clean the kitchen, put away the laundry, and cook dinner (my wife added this)
  • Not often enough according to my wife
  • Play with my children (my children added this)
  • Not enough according to my children
  • Get paid $1,000,000,000 (maybe not)
  • Almost

Great seal of Vermont. Although officially ado...Image via WikipediaNot on the list, but featured prominently in that old blogpost was the task of finding a new principal position. I searched and I searched. The early winter was quiet and then boom! March arrived, coming in like a lion with many interviews. At the end of the month, I was offered the position of Principal of Wolcott Elementary School. It was like a dream come true. A small school, in a rural area, near other nice towns was exactly what I was looking for. My wife and I were thrilled to be moving to Vermont.

So, that is my story. In the coming months, I will write about education issues and my experience as principal in Wolcott.

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