In early January, I asked an awesome friend of mine (you may know her…@bethhill2829) about how she told her staff she wasn’t going to be in her office anymore! I was a little worried about how to approach it with my staff, so I took her approach to simply tell them in our weekly memo. In fact, I was going to wait until next year to even start with my mobile office, but I was encouraged by Bethany to give it a try!
So, here goes… (sent to my staff on January 8, 2017)
Embrace. As I embrace the new year, I’d like to take on a new journey into the classrooms. So, from time to time I may come in sit down and get comfy just to be in the environment with you and the kids! This doesn’t mean I am there to observe you (unless it is your informal time), but I may leave some reflective feedback, do a little office work on my laptop, interact with the kids, or help our students who are struggling.
Here it is January 22 and my office became “not my office.” In fact my office is nothing more than a backpack that I carry around with everything I need. I haven’t been in my office for TWO WEEKS (except to return a phone call), and I don’t plan on going back! Between parent conferences, RTI and admin meetings, and PLCs, I have set up my office in over 20 classrooms. Sidenote: If anyone needs me, they simply find me through my phone.
Why? Because I can’t LEAD from my office.
I can’t see my students who are struggling. I can’t teach. I can’t see if my teachers are teaching the standards or our curriculum. I can’t see my teachers learning from one another. I can’t feel the joy of students learning through their smiles. I can’t be engaged with my kids. I can’t share ALL the great things happenings at our school. I can’t tell OUR story.
Now in my office… I CAN!!
- I CAN work with those students who are in the RTI process that my teachers talk about at all of those meetings. I can really see what they are talking about when a student of theirs is struggling. It makes me more knowledgeable about the student when I talk to his or her parents. I can talk with those students who need to be challenged.
- I CAN help teach when teachers need help! I walked into a room this last Friday, and I jumped right in to help the teacher teach! It was the perfect opportunity for me to help not only the teacher but the students work with Google Slides.
- I CAN see the standards and curriculum in action. While I am in the classrooms, I have opportunities to look at lesson plans and curriculum units to compare with what is being taught in the classroom. I ask questions to my teachers for clarification and know that they are doing all that they can to teach our kids!!
- I CAN participate in peer observations with my teachers. We are #bettertogether!!
- I CAN see how much fun our students have with learning. Students are eager to write about polar bears because a teacher just happened to read a book about them, so she adjusted her lesson for a very teachable moment.
- I CAN engage with KIDS. I made tangram puzzles, helped write how-to’s, worked through a word problem with questioning, played a role in a readers’ theater, and watched a live cam of penguins with 1st graders!
AND I captured almost ALL of it through pictures/videos to share with our families and community through our Smore Newsletters!
I CAN share and tell our story!
Check Out some of Our Awesomeness below!
I encourage you to not wait…
I say Get Out Now!