My mantra for my position throughout the past (almost) year has been that there wasn’t a manual handed to me with my new position. I say it jokingly but in all seriousness, there is. no. manual. As in, here’s your office, here’s your keys…go. The finer details of my position, the specifics, such as when certain things need to be done, the how’s of how they have been done…or the urgency of some certain tasks is pretty much up to me. Which is great until you get back to the fact that there isn’t a darn manual!
I walk most evenings with another AP who lives close by. As we walk, we go through our days, discussing this and that. I am always amazed at her confidence in handling any and all situations. From trying teachers, wailing students, to irate parents she never misses a beat. I asked her over this holiday break at what point I could expect to “know what to do”…she just laughed and kept walking…but I was serious!
How do you know?
How do you know what to say to an employee who disagrees with you and vocally says so? when they ask a question you don’t really know an answer too?
How do you know what to say to a parent who won’t admit responsibility to a child’s mistake? who is totally in the right but you can’t “fix” their teachers perspective?
How do you know what to say when a student hits…throws…cries? and you know you can’t fix what they go home too, but need them to be CALM for you now?
I’m really hoping as I approach my one year mark (I started mid semester, March 8th) that all these things are going to click into place and I am going to have an infinite wisdom that just overcomes me. If you know of a book that could get me there faster, feel free to share!
wisdom searchN, Amber