Having your first (or second, or third) child enter the K-12 system can be a milestone in so many ways for families…and for teachers and leaders. Setting the tone with when and how you communicate goes a long way in establishing trust and building relationships with the stakeholders you will be serving in this important … Continue reading Rule #4 Over Communicate.
“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel” Smile. The first impression a scared 5 year old is going to have of the leader of their school. A smile goes an incredibly long way for both the child and parent. This … Continue reading Rule #3 Set the tone: visually.
Having your whole school graduate every year is a big task. When it is a child’s first year of school it is critical we get it right-every time. Because of this #WoodsonK has routines upon routines for support staff and families with this big day that we practice multiple times. Step One: Kindergarten Registration. … Continue reading Rule #2 Set the stage: practice, practice, practice.
Redefining the role of leading at Pre-3rd grade also means redefining where the leader does the work. Being out of your office and where the students are shows all those around you who you are here for and that you are ready to see and fill a need where ever it may be. On … Continue reading Rule #1 Stay out of your office on the first day.
I will admit it-I like shiny new things. I have always loved the Back to School time of year. Buying my new school agenda (thanks Amber Teamann for sharing Erin Condren with me this year), creating the school year calendar in my office and that sense of a fresh start is exciting for me. … Continue reading Be Careful of the Shiny New Tech Tools as You Start the School Year.
Today was our first big admin meeting for the new school year. Of course the question “What did you do over the weekend” came up in casual conversation…however my response was quite…..uncommon. “Oh me? Sunday I drove 2 1/2 hours and met a woman (who I had only met once before face to face)-and then … Continue reading Just a Sunday Drive….