A Day in the Life of an Elementary Principal

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A day in the life of a principal brings many interesting challenges. There is never a dull moment and no day is the same. But if I am truly honest, the best part of being a principal is seeing our teachers do what they do best – teach.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been popping into each classroom to observe our teachers in action. I am convinced that we have some of the best teachers in the world.

Here’s a quick glimpse into the classroom:

  • One second grade teacher uses “reading phones” for students to quietly read into without disturbing other students.
  • One first grade teacher cuts out newspaper articles and has students highlight “sight words” that they recognize.
  • One fourth grade teacher is using the Reflector app to reflect her iPad screen directly onto the mimio board. Students were recently able to take a virtual tour of ancient Egypt.
  • One fifth grade teacher recently used candy and icing to have her students create a cell.

These are just a few examples of the great things that our teachers are doing, and I invite you, our parents, to come and see firsthand these great things. Our goal is to partner with you and the easiest way to partner is to have you be an active participant in the education of your child. The best way to do this is to simply ask your child what they did that day. But don’t let them off the hook when they shrug their shoulders and say – “nothing.” Dig deeper. Ask questions. You’ll soon discover that your child is becoming a scientist, historian, mathematician, writer, and theologian.

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