It’s February. Everyone is tired and stressed out. The students, the teachers….me….I know, I know. I’m not supposed to be. In a perfect world, or a perfect Twitter chat, or a perfect graduate class (and maybe even a perfect blog), I am persevering through this long stretch between January and Spring Break with energy, joy and zeal. I’m checking in with teachers, I’m smiling, the candy dish on my desk is full of chocolate and I’m high-fiving kids as I walk down the halls. In that perfect world, maybe I would even feel a little bit like this:
But, this isn’t a perfect blog. This is a real blog. So here is what’s really going on.
I’m getting frustrated when the kids are running down the hall and why is nobody answering the walkie talkie and where is the person who is supposed to be on duty and great I left my coat at home because yesterday it was 75 and today it’s 30 (because, Texas) and so now I gotta hope I don’t freeze on car duty and why is that teacher asking me that when I already said…..
Yes. I’m stressed out and tired.
For large parts of the day I’m buried in spreadsheets and binders as I prepare for testing season. I’m finishing up PDAS appraisal stuff and attending lots of meetings because well, it’s that time of year. I’m working referrals…oh boy am I working referrals! More discipline referrals come in during this time than what I saw the entire first semester. And I can tell you why. Everyone is tired and stressed out. The students, the teachers….and me.
Today, I’ve decided that what I really need to do is upgrade my attitude and maintain momentum. Because what kind of services is that? Because yeah, I need to do all that stuff. But guess what I also need to do? Smile, and high-five kids in the hall, and fill up the candy dish, and check in with teachers. Because I’m the Assistant Principal. Because as a leader, lots of folks will take their cue from me. Because if you don’t feed the teachers, they’ll eat the students. Because everyone is tired and stressed out. Because this is a building full of incredible teachers and amazing students, all of whom deserve nothing less than my very best each and every day. And tired, stressed out me? Well, that just isn’t it.
So this is me, in my not perfect blog, reflecting on my not perfect days and recommitting myself to being the best servant and leader I can be. Even if I am tired and stressed out. In spite of the testing stuff, or appraisal stuff…or all the other stuff. Because that’s what it’s all about. Service. Hey, maybe I’ll look like that picture up above after all….
No, I think those incredible teachers and amazing students would settle for a smile, a check-in, a high-five in the hall and some chocolate in that dish. Yeah, I think that sounds pretty good. As a matter of fact, it might even be perfect.
Image retrieved from Google Images.