I am not alone. I am not alone. Other principals share my struggle. It is impossible to be everywhere, and some days it feels like I'm nowhere but my office. Most days I feel like I don't connect enough. Get in classrooms enough. Hug enough. I am not alone.
Yesterday's Voxer conversation with my Principals In Action group started with a question from Scott Simpson, an elementary principal in Florida was just what I needed on my commute! How can we be everywhere? First, it is always a relief to just to hear that others struggle like me. And second, several ideas that inspired me and gave me some real actionable ideas that make me feel like I can do better, starting tomorrow.
- Brad Gustafson shared his idea that he tracks both relational and instructional rounds on a spreadsheet- collecting data as he goes to tell him where he's been, and where he hasn't.
- Shayna Peeff shared that on Mondays and Fridays she tries to get into all classrooms for a quick check in, and that on Tuesdays through Thursdays she focuses on a grade level or two for longer visits.
These two ideas inspire me to create a Google form to check in where I go and why. Is it a relationship check in? Or am I checking out student learning? Or connecting with one of our VIP students who might need some extra love?
Then, I thought about posting a QR code in each room so I could quickly scan to access the form, which includes a few questions, the room numbers, and a space for a few notes. Here is my QR code to access the form. Scan it to try it out!
Some principals wondered if teachers would mind that a QR code would be posted in rooms. If that's an issue, another principal suggested putting the QR code on a keychain. Or you could add a shortcut to your phone. Easy access to track visits. Where and why :) *** update*** I added the shortcut to my home screen on my phone.
So, I may no be able to be everywhere, every day. But at least I will know where I've been!
Are you wondering how to create a QR code? Just add a Chrome Extension to shorten your URL on the fly!
|Add this extension in the Chrome Store|
|Shorten the url|
|Create the QR code!|
Good luck in your quest to be #everywhere! If you make this idea better, and I know you will, please share!