Yesterday was a great day! It was actually initiated Wednesday after school when I had a staff meeting and realized that I’d barely been in classes for more than a walk-thru in the last month. I can give a million excuses why that was the case, but each and every one of them are just that… excuses! So, instead, I’ll just tell you how my “No Office” Day (#noofficeday) came about.
At the staff meeting, I told my staff that I was going to spend most of the next day visiting them. But on Thursday a meeting I was waiting for (with two other people’s schedules needing to coincide) happened at 10am and I was kept in meetings until 1pm. Then I had a parent coming in to help us out after lunch and I spent the afternoon with her (introducing our students to ping-pong, our parent was a Korean National and International champion). Classroom count: 3 classes, and two of them were in the gym.
So, Friday morning I decided to leave my laptop at home and truly have a “No Office” Day. That morning, I wrote this on twitter:
I am having a “No office” day today. Will spend real time (not just walk-thrus) in every class. Going to be a GREAT Day!
… and then when I took my first picture in the Pre-school, I decided to send accounts of my day to twitter with the hashtag #noofficeday. I have shared the events of the day below.
Yes, I had a few issues that required me going to the office, but not having my laptop, they sent me to my secretary’s desk. Standing at her desk, it seemed pretty easy to ‘not get stuck doing something else’, which commonly happens to me… and probably many other as well. What might normally have ended up with me tethered to my desk for an hour, was dealt with in minutes… and I was back on my way to another class.
So, to all the administrators out there reading this…
I challenge you to have a “No Office” Day!
Leave your computer at home. If you are so inspired, take a few pictures or make a few comments along the way and send them off to Twitter with a hashtag #noofficeday. Although I may not record these days on Twitter again, I’ve challenged myself to have 2 more of these days in the next 2 weeks before our Christmas break. Yes, I’ve got a lot of other things that need to get done, but this was such a valuable experience!
It certainly helped that I have an AMAZING staff that welcome me into their rooms, WONDERFUL students that were engaged with the classroom activities, and some really GREAT things happening in our classrooms¹… but I can say that no other day this year has recharged my batteries as much as they were charged yesterday. Look at your calendars and find make the time for a “No Office” Day!
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Cross-posted on Connected Principals