Sowing Seeds

Growing writers, growing teachers, growing myself.



I’m in a new role this year. I’m a new principal of an intermediate school and I’m also supposed to be the school’s literacy coach. Both are a huge undertaking! Sometimes the roles fit together well, sometimes they don’t.

I have learned TONS this year about administration and leading a school. What I haven’t learned, though, is balance. Try as I might, I just haven’t been able to figure out how to be both a principal and a coach. I know I’ll figure it out one of these days (or years), but for this first year, I’ve been very focused on administration. I’ve had to experience new tasks and determine if they are things I hang on to as principal or if they are things I have to delegate. I’ve had to learn how to have a secretary. Really, I’m perfectly capable of making my own copies! I hate to ask my secretary to do that for me…or to type up a memo for our report card timeline. I can do that! But, she can’t go into classrooms and observe for me, she can’t evaluate teachers for me, or meet with students about discipline issues. So, I have to let go of some things. I have to be okay with that because when I say no to putting together the staff bulletin, I’m saying yes to spending time as an instructional leader and coach.

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