As an administrator now, and knowing what I know, I have to be aware of that when making decisions and asking for my teachers to help with things.
And I feel like it's also my job as a leader to be aware when stress exists and try to help ease or alleviate that stress.
Sometimes with things that I'm told I have to pass down to my staff, I don't get a lot of options about what I have to ask my team to do. But you see, there ARE things I can do.
I have plans for something for our February staff meeting, but I'm not sharing those secrets yet haha.
BUT, I will share something I started this week, that I'm already seeing great results from....
Sometimes we just want someone to notice how hard we're working. Sometimes we just need a minute, we just need a break.
As the leader, I have a lot of things I have to complete and do, but most importantly I have to take care of my team. Those kids and my team are my number one priority. Paperwork and other things can happen second.
So this week I started by selecting 7 "winners" and notifying them by email they were selected.
Within the email I let them know that this week was their special week. They could select a 30 minute time period, that matched with my calendar, that I would come and cover their classes and give them a break.
I hear leaders tell me, "I can't give up that kind of time" or "My teachers would't take me up on it", but my response to that is that as the leader of this campus I have to give up my own time for the benefit of the team. There are so many of my responsibilities that I can get done when kids aren't in the building, and in reality, when those kids are in the building I should be spending every moment I can working with them and the rest of the staff.
So when you notice the stress. When you see that people aren't feeling noticed are heard for their frustrations or hard work, it's time to step up. It doesn't have to be covering their classes, it can be something totally different.
But the way I look at it is, it's only 30 minutes. And I loved every one of them.