In this week’s podcast, Dr. Julie Vogel (the Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston) attempted to describe what her job was like. It sounded remarkably like the job of a principal (or a teacher, if you think about it). The “death by a thousand ‘you got 5 minutes’” was an apt description of the life of a superintendent. The challenge is to find meaning in the interruptions. For teachers, for principals, and for superintendents those interruptions never stop!
As an elementary principal, I found the constant interruptions distracting. In my previous job as a high school principal, I was a little bit more removed from the hustle and bustle of the main office. Now I was answering the phone, buzzing visitors in, applying the occasional band-aid, etc. I couldn’t get my work done! It was when I realized that the interruptions were the work that my approach changed.
Now I would never advocate principal being on call 24 hours a day. You do need to shut your door to work on a budget or make important phone calls. But you also need to schedule administrivia to times outside of the school day. Give a listen to Dr. Vogel (as well as to my guest co-host, Dr. Kevin Baxter, the Superintendent of the Archdiocese of LA).
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