After hearing about my fellow Connected Principal Bill Brannick heading to the classroom to teach a Web 2.0 class to the students at his high school, I started thinking…
Entering my 14th year as an administrator, I feel like I am getting further away each year from the realities that classroom teachers face on a daily basis. As an evaluator of teachers, it is alleged that I know what good instruction looks like. Shouldn’t the Principal of a building, sometimes called “the instructional leader,” actually show that he (or she) is capable of leading a classroom of students?
Feeling strongly that the answer is an overwhelming yes, BHS Associate Principal Mark Sullivan (pictured above) and I took on the task of leading our new Web 2.0 class at Burlington High School for the year. I am excited about the opportunity to build a closer connection with 24 Burlington High students I am sure that this will easily become the highlight of my day. Equally important is the fact that I am proud to be able to consider myself a teacher. With the wave of changes overtaking our classrooms with all of the new resources that are available to teachers, administrators can become disconnected from life in the classroom faster than ever.
That is something that we cannot afford!