|A Typical Day?|
With that said, I'd like to go through one day in my week. Today, for that matter. First, a little background. I serve as Assistant Principal for Student Management in a rural Title I school with approximately 740 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. As of this writing, I've been in this position six months. The learning curve feels like a straight line. Straight up. I contend that this is the hardest job I've ever loved.
Now to that "typical" day:
7:15 am - Arrive at school. Immediately proceed to duty station and begin greeting kids as they walk to their homeroom classes.
7:45 am - 1st Bell rings for kids to go into classes. Quickly monitor halls, open locked doors if necessary, and make sure kids are in classes.
7:55 am - Proceed to office. Log in to computer and then encourage the two kids who are getting ready to help with announcements.
8:00 am - Give my "Project Wisdom" daily message on the morning announcements.
8:10 am - Monitor halls as I walk to a teacher's classroom for a formal observation. Conduct observation, taking copious notes that will not only help with the evaluation, but also give me ideas to share with other teachers.
9:05 am - Proceed to office. Return two parent phone calls and begin calling down students for disciplinary referrals.
10:10 am - Receive phone call from a father who apologizes for the short notice, but could he serve in our WatchDOGS program that day since he got off unexpectedly. Agree to the request and quickly make a schedule. Take a call from a parent.
10:15 am - Meet with a set of parents about a discipline issue. Invite the parents to visit their child's class anytime and sign the Dad up for WatchDOGS.
10:30 am - Receive WatchDOGS dad, go through short orientation, take a photo with child, and show him around the school. Drop him off at his child's classroom and proceed back to office to continue with student management issues.
11:20 am - Enter cafeteria and take pictures of fellow AP getting Silly Stringed by students as part of a fundraiser. Realize that my turn is coming and run back into office to look for plastic bag to put over my hair.
11:30 am - Lunch Duty
11:55 am - Cover my head with Wal-Mart bag and proceed to stage for my turn at getting covered with Silly String ($1 for a two second spray or $4 for a can). Realize very quickly that the line for a shot at me is very long, kids can hit the face with total accuracy, and Silly String is full of alcohol. Notice that many of the "sprayers" are also the kids who regularly visit my office. I smile at them as they enjoy their payback.
12:10 pm - Finally leave stage covered with Silly String. Make it to office, wash up, change clothes, and eat lunch.
12:40 pm - Return to cafeteria to take pictures of building principal getting her turn in the Silly String chair. Notice that she has covered her body with a plastic bag. Smart idea!
12:45 pm - Return to cafeteria to make sure that the stage is set for our 1st semester awards ceremony. Make sure the microphone works, go over the list of names, and check that the stage is not slippery from the silly string
12:55 pm - Return to office and continue with student management issues.
1:30 pm - Enter the cafeteria and start to greet parents arriving for awards ceremony. Spend a few minutes visiting with each.
1:40 pm - Announce for teachers to bring students to cafeteria to begin awards ceremony. Return to stage for one final check before all classes arrive. Continue to greet parents and visit with them.
2:00 pm - Awards ceremony. Serve as MC as students cross the stage to receive their awards and put them on. (We chose to give Dogtags instead of certificates)
2:45 pm - Finish awards ceremony. Return to office and meet with several students about discipline issues. Visit a class to clarify some information about a student management concern.
3:15 pm - Start Bus Duty.
4:08 pm - End bus duty. Accompany WatchDOGS volunteer back to office to sign up for another day and then proceed to faculty meeting, already in progress.
5:00 pm - Faculty meeting ends. Spend a few minutes helping a colleague understand one of the key points in the meeting.
5:10 pm -Return to office and begin putting teacher evaluation information into the computer. During this time, help students in after-school program call home for a ride and field several calls from parents.
6:30 pm - Finish teacher evaluations. Return two phone calls. Review calendar and plan for next day.
6:50 pm - Clock in (Forgot to this morning), change starting time, and then clock out.
6:55 pm - Leave the school building. On the way home, reflect on what a typical day in my position consists. Realize there really isn't one.