Last week, this picture was shared with me on Twitter with the caption, “What do Principals really do?”
The answer, of course, as shared by a first grade student, is that they say the announcements and then eat donuts. I had a great laugh, and then considered the question. No two days are the same, and the opportunity to sit and eat donuts are few and far between.
A short list off the top of my head…
- Tie shoes.
- Keep students dry (by walking them from their car to the front door under an umbrella.)
- Give high fives and fist bumps all day long.
- Sit with students to help with academics.
- Play kickball at recess.
- Attempt to jump double Dutch at recess. (Stress the word attempt!)
- Dry tears.
- Talk to parents.
- Read aloud to students. (But only really good books!)
- Jump in front of a bus before it leaves without a student.
- Sit with the student when that bus does unfortunately leave without them.
- Sit and talk with students.
- Sweep floors.
- Move boxes, furniture and other heavy items.
- Visit classrooms and give feedback to teachers.
- Visit classrooms and give feedback to students.
- Apply Band-Aids and ice packs.
- Clean up spills.
- Direct traffic.
- Plan relevant professional development.
- Open extremely hard-to-open thermoses and other food containers.
- Have conversations that get to the underlying issues behind a problem.
- Wipe noses.
- Inspire teachers.
- Inspire students.
I’m sure I missed some. Be sure to add to the list at #4OCF.