Enjoying the Ride: Understanding the Ups and Downs of Leading a School.

A seesaw (also known as a teeter-totter or teeterboard) is a long, narrow board supported by a single pivot point, most commonly located at the midpoint between both “ends”; as one end goes up, the other goes down.

Growing up I loved the seesaw.  The ‘highs’ were just enough for a girl who dislikes heights and I loved the feeling of ‘falling’ just a bit.  I remember my brother and I would play games to determine how to best have equal balance for a while and then we would go back to seesawing up and down.

In thinking about balance and principalship this memory came to mind.  The nature of leading a building of teachers, students, families, while working with administrators and other stakeholders is an extremely dynamic position.  One minute your schedule is completely open and then next a fight breaks out, a teacher shows up in your office in tears and a report suddenly is needed to be completed for a district grant-like NOW!

There are days that I don’t get home right away-actually there are seasons where my schedule is off.  My husband knows the beginning of the year and the end of the year are really crazy times at work.  Even if I get home at a decent time my mind/energy is drained from the day and I am not the mom or wife I want to be. However just like a seesaw sometimes you have to give a little more for a time until you can regain your balance.  In the summer when  I am home I turn email off my phone-completely.  I only check it in the am and at night so the day can be focus on the few weeks I can be full time mom before I go back for the next school year.

There are so many strategies I have learned along the way that makes the seesaw of being a Principal not only manageable-but just downright enjoyable!  

With some help from my Voxer friends I updated my site to reflect that it is important to take time for yourself, your family and your friends EVERY day of the week-not just on Sundays.  I look forward to learning more and applying these principles more often.

Stay grounded and keep working to be a #principalinbalance

 

Jessica

 

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  1. August and May- I tell my husband it’s “single dad” month and that makes anything less than a 12 hour day seem like a treat:] I agree that it’s a constant balancing act and it’s very important to keep everything in perspective as we manage both the homefront and the schoolfront! Great thoughts.

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