Yesterday was not the best of days for me. The wonderful Ann Kozma reminded me that today is a brand new day. Mind you that this text conversation was accompanied by lyrics from two different Disney movies. Hey, don't judge!
And you know what? It wasn't just a brand new day; it was a great day. It was also a crazy busy day with lots of meetings at different sites. I think I filled out about half of a mileage reimbursement sheet today because I visited about a third of the schools in the district. So what made it such a great day? Read on, my friends!
My Top 5 of the Day
5. I met with a teacher at 6:45 am this morning and in my haste to not be late, I ran out of the house without eating breakfast. When I made it back to the district office, lo and behold there was an email titled "breakfast" because someone in TMS had brought in bagels and quiche. Let's ignore the fact that I don't technically work in TMS anymore...I was hungry!
4. I met with two different teachers today who did not teach in the district last year. One had taken a leave of absence and the other had been out of state. Both were rightly concerned about what in the world was going on with science because things had changed in the last year. And they were both new to their grade levels! I was able to give them a brief overview of the NGSS, explain the transition plan, and get them up on our Haiku site with last year's presentations. It didn't seem like much from my end, but they were both thrilled. Score!
3. I met (are you seeing a trend here?) with a principal who's new to the district. He shared his vision for STEM for his school site and it gave me goosebumps. I genuinely can't wait to see what opportunities his students have under his leadership. Goosebumps...seriously.
2. I met (again, you seeing the trend?) with my former principal and good friend Julie Graham who somehow roped me into supporting an awesome group of administrators who are piloting a new form of principal evaluation. They're going to use a blog throughout the year to reflect on their practice. We're even going to have a blogging breakfast once a week at 6:15 am! It's a good thing I love all three of the principals I'll be working with. That's awfully early for reflective thinking as one said, but I'm sure we'll manage. By the way, George Couros, I totally stole the idea from your session at the iOS summit...and now it's an option for their evaluation. How cool is that? So, thanks!
1. I watched (Hah! I didn't start with met!) Cindy Bak run through the kinder classrooms on campus as the gingerbread man. I laughed so hard I almost cried. It's hard to top that. Enough said.
So, it was a great way to end the work week! Now, two days of CUE Rockstar Black Label!