For those of you who follow this blog (thank you, by the way), you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent. I wrote one blog post during the entire 2017-2018 school year; in fact, I’ve only written six posts in the entire two years I’ve worked at my current school. Not only have I not been blogging, but I’ve kind of stepped away from professional social media in general.
In the summer of 2016, I stepped into a new type of role. I was no longer a teacher in a classroom or a TOSA (teacher on special assignment). I was considered an administrator. No matter how much time I’d spent in the classroom before that, I was seen differently now. It wasn’t that I didn’t have things to write about, but I felt as though I couldn’t.
Writing for me is a form of therapy. I enjoy it and in my most frustrating moments, it’s where I often go to “let it all out.” Sometimes, the posts get deleted after they’re written because they’ve served their purpose by just being written. Other times, if they’re not too “rant-y,” they make it here.
The 17-18 school year was one of my most difficult yet, both personally and professionally. On top of that, I was in grad school (yes, again) going for my administrator license. I spent the summer of 2017 working 50-60 hours every week and then rolled right into the school year and didn’t really slow down.
One of the downsides of working in a small school is that a lot of things fall onto your plate that wouldn’t in a larger school because there’s no infrastructure to take care of it. I’ve often joked that my job description should just read “all the things,” but it’s not far from the truth. In any given week, I might be tackling curriculum adoption, state reporting, student assessment, managing iPads, creating student tech accounts, supervising MN Reading Corps tutors, facilitating committees and PLC teams, overseeing QComp, creating promotional materials for the school, social media posts, website updates, and planning professional development for my staff.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the variety and I’m never bored. But it can lead to some pretty busy weeks. It’s also difficult because many people I work with have no idea about all the things my hands are on behind the scenes. Most teachers, myself formerly included, have no idea what it takes to keep a school running. I don’t say that to shout my own praises by any means, but it sometimes seems like everyone thinks they are the “busiest” and everyone else must just be sitting around.
So, I’ve been MIA because I’ve just been darn busy! But it’s not all doom and gloom. I passed my final interview for grad school last week and am now ready to send in my paperwork to get my K-12 Principal license. I’ve been on two trips already this summer (read a bit about them here: NYC and Florida-coming soon!) and I’ve really been sticking with working my actual scheduled hours. I’ve read three books already this summer (P.S. My Husband’s Wife and The Hate U Give were both fantastic!). I’ve been working out more. I’ve read superhero books to my son and watched him play soccer and t-ball (like herding cats, I tell you). I’ve sat by the pool and just relaxed.
I may have had a slight panic attack on August 1st because that’s when it all gets real and summer feels as though it’s ending real quick. I go back full time on Monday and my to-do list is still miles long. So while lots of other teachers are enjoying the last few weeks of their summer (if they haven’t started already), I’m going back to work so everything can run smoothly when teachers return.
One final note: up until now, this blog has been predominantly focused on educational topics. I plan for that to continue, but I also plan to sprinkle in thoughts about other things that are important to me, such as travel and budgeting. If that causes you to click unfollow, I understand. I will try to tag my posts appropriately so you can decide if you want to read or not. I hope you decide to stay!