As my first year as a principal is coming to an end, I have been really thinking on what next year could look like. My number one focus this year was to get to know people and learn a lot about what it takes to be a principal. There has been a lot of learning, and probably more than I expected because of my participation on Twitter. It is great that I have seen more of my colleagues join Twitter and participate. I can sometimes either gently coax or push depending on the person, but I really believe Twitter has been AMAZING for my learning and my progression.
For example, yesterday I purchased a new domain for our school. As I am trying to set up an online community for kids, parents, and staff where we can all meet, I decided to use Buddypress and also WordPress MU. Not really knowing much about either of these sites, or hosting my own domain, or ftp, or it seems almost anything, I asked for help. Fortunately, I received a TON of support from @mrjarbenne on Twitter. He spent the night, AFTER playing with his kids, talking and helping me on Skype. I should actually rephrase the term “help” and acknowledge that he did most of it. Today I am playing, and after the initial set up and getting through some glitches, it is coming along very nicely. I am VERY confident that our new school site will be up and running for September. Thanks so much to Jarred for spending so much time with me and helping me out. I have a feeling I have not skyped with him for the last time!
I am looking so forward to seeing how year 2 goes and how that I know the school and the community what I can do to help more people be successful. I am so blessed to work with such a diverse and amazing group of people at my school. The talent, skill level, expertise, and genuine caring for kids and each other is something that I am so grateful for. This has enabled me to take more risks in my learning and implementation of these ideas into school, especially starting in September.
I cannot wait until next year to see the growth of our school and the growth of myself. Thanks to everyone that helps me everyday.
If you are interested in seeing the growth of our school site, it is listed below: