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
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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