On Tuesday all of the staff returned and our superintendent opened the meeting with an inspiring and well-thought out speech. For the first time since I've worked in the district, we had a guest speaker, Dr. John Draper. He had an inspiring speech about the myths about public schools. Guess what, things aren't so bad, and... they are actually getting better every day. For the rest of the day the teachers and administrators were engaged in professional development and meetings. This was definitely my favorite day.
Wednesday brought the staff in to their own buildings. The staff at Slackwood are so inspirational and so energizing. I love to see everyone and get them ready for the school year. We opened with a meeting. Since we are really trying to bring the "Teach Like A Pirate" philosophy into our school and our district, I decided to go all the way and be a Pirate as I led the meeting. I think some of the staff were a little taken aback, but the student teachers, who had never met me before, really didn't know what to think. The meeting went great and I was really proud of my staff for their full participation and buy in to the new technologies and ideas I brought to them. I know they were chomping at the bit to get to their classrooms but they were fully engaged in all that we were doing. What was really nice was the feedback after the meeting. One of my teachers used Todaysmeet.com to gather feedback from the teachers, without my knowing. It was her first attempt at using this tool, which I had modeled at the meeting. How nice to see words such as inspiring, enthusiastic, super and (maybe because of the pirate outfit) surprising. It was so much fun. This was definitely my favorite day.
Well Thursday arrived and the along with it, came the students. It was great to see so many families
Friday came and it was to be the first day with no interruptions and the first day that the teachers
|Cooling the kids off!|
But I have the feeling that when Monday comes, it may be my REAL FAVORITE DAY!