I am a new principal in an elementary school in Wisconsin. My experience before this has included teaching at the elementary levels (special education for 1-5th, 3rd grade and 4th grades), instructional coach for one year, and a year as a middle school assistant principal. This year has been quite a change for me, not just as a first year principal, but also having moved from working in downtown Phoenix, AZ now in rural Wisconsin. I had every intention of journaling throughout the year for my own professional reflection, however, with everything that goes on in this crazy position, I have only 3 journal entries. I have decided to start a blog for my own professional reflection with the hopes of gaining feedback from other professionals in the field. Being a principal can be a lonely job, especially when you’re in a small district and don’t have many other principals to dialogue with.
I’m a bit nervous at putting myself “out there” like this, but I’ll start with the warning that I don’t want this to be time consuming for myself so I will not be spending massive amounts of time writing it as professional articles…it will just be my reflective blog.