I ordered my book for next year’s book study. I’m so excited! So excited in fact, that I e-mailed the other department chairs at the greatest junior high school in Texas to let them know. The book is about developing and working as a team.
I’m passionate about staff development and team building. I think the cohesiveness of my team is what helps us be successful in developing relationships with the students we work with. I hope this book study will strengthen our team into a strong unit.
One of the suggestions I received from my department was more time to staff on students. This comment came from one of my paras. They’re so silly. They think I can’t figure out who writes what if they type their responses. Oh well, if this helps them sleep at night, then so be it.
But I digress …
One of the goals I have for next year is to meet with the inclusion teachers and paraprofessionals once a month to discuss collaborative teaching strategies and to staff on students that they are concerned about.
This is a direct response to the para’s suggestion. See how silly they are? They have really great ideas! I wonder why they’re so afraid to come & talk to me? They should all know by now that I would never dismiss their concerns as insignificant. I have always had an “open door” policy where anyone is free to share any issues with me. Do I intimidate people?
One of the department chairs met with the counselor yesterday to discuss concerns about next year’s master schedule. They called me to ask my opinion. Hub & I were heading to the golf shoppe to pick up a club for him.
I was driving.
I was so focused on the conversation, I missed my turn. Hub got frustrated and asked me to pull over.
We were on the highway.
In the fast lane.
One more rule for my “Words of Wisdom:” don’t talk business & drive at the same time.
Another digression …
So we collaborated on what to do. I told them to do what they needed to do & I would take care of the rest.
And then I got home and started thinking about the conversation. I realized I didn’t factor everything in to the equation that needs to be factored in.
But there’s no way to solve this on summer break.
Oddly, this is day 3 of my break and I have worked at some point, either at campus or Central Office, on both days 1 & 2.
I need to rest.
I need to go back to work.