Principals: 5 Ways to Prepare for Opening Day

Posted on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

principalIt won’t be long before the school doors open and the hallways are buzzing with chatter and the bustle of life again. Before that happens, though, we’d like to share a few tips to help principals prepare their hearts and minds for opening day!

Take the edge off those “dreaded deeds”
Surely you have some last-minute paper work or “dreaded deeds” that still need attending to. Chances are that your colleagues are in the same boat. Rather than grind through this stuff on your own, meet with a fellow educator at your local coffee shop and plow through your workload together. You may mostly sit in silence as you both work through your stack of to-dos, but having an ally present may take the edge off of those tasks that you don’t really feel like doing.

Recruit Student Workers
Are there any maintenance projects, last-minute paint jobs, or bulletin boards that need freshening up? Enlist some of your students. Many of them would be more than happy to exchange their time for free pizza and pop. Recruiting students will not only allow you to cross items off your checklist faster, but it will also give you an opportunity to get a head start on getting to know your students better.

Use Social Media to Generate Excitement
There might not have been much activity to document over the last month and a half, but now that your teachers are starting to prep their rooms, you have an opportunity to capture them in action. Snap photos or 30-second videos and post them to your school’s social media page. This will give students a preview of things to come and may help you generate excitement for the upcoming school year.

Write a Personalized Welcome-Back Letter to Every Teacher and Staff Member
We’re looking forward to welcoming students and teachers in person once the school year officially kicks off in a few weeks, but we always like to get the ball rolling early by sending out a personalized “Welcome Back” letter to every teacher and staff member. There isn’t a formula and there aren’t any official rules for drafting a Welcome Back letter. Just be you.

Reflect and Prepare Your Mind
No matter how long you’ve been doing this, odds are that you’re experiencing a healthy mixture of excitement and anxiety right now. To prepare your heart and mind for the upcoming school year, make a concerted effort to set aside time for reflection. You can certainly do this without writing anything down, but journaling will force you to stop and commit yourself to one thing.

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