If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. â€”Â John Quincy Adams, 6th president (1767-1848)
Funny how a blog post I didn’t even mean to share has inspired me (and others, too!) to make a commitment to spend more time in the classroom.
Sure, 20 walk-throughs per week can seem like a lot, but here is where the math geek in me takes over. Even at ten minutes each, that’s 200 minutes per week. In a 5-day week, that’s 40 minutes per day. Less time than I usually spend answering emails that, arguably, are not as important as what’s going on in classrooms. Oh yeah, and this year I’m teaching a class, too. But I know that I can do it.
Besides, if I am not doing this job to spend time with teachers and students working on instruction, then why am I there at all?
If you’re a school-based administrator and would like to take up this challenge, let’s see your commitment in the comments and/or on your own blog (if you have one). No one will be pounding on your door if you fall off the wagon, but if you put your name in writing down below you’ll feel committed and supported. Like so many challenges, sometimes things are easier if you have others to keep you on track.
- I actually enter the classroom (window shopping does not count), and
- the time spent actually inside the classroom is at least 5 minutes (no “just passing through” visits).
I will also make an effort to connect informally with at least half of the teachers whom I see.
Funny thing, though – cheating on these is really only cheating yourself. It’s like lying about your diet by not counting the calories in that Snickers bar you inhaled. Sure you can look puzzled to your friends, family, and doctor about why you’re not losing weight, but you know why.