Over a weekend I interviewed and successfully gained the position of Interim Head of Special Education at my High School. The position is short term, 10 days in length, but could be extended until the end of the semester.
I have been in Special Education for over a decade, but this is my first position of responsibility in this department.
These posts are going to focus on the ideas and questions that popped up on the daily.
Some got answered, some are still in process. Most questions I had some clue how to action, but even more have me chasing squirrels to find answers.
LIVING THE QUESTIONS [IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER]
Who will not have access to our department meeting time? Why?
When I say “department”, who do I see?
Can I make space for this interruption? How will I recover my time?
This is the work. The interruptions are the fabric that I gotta flex with.
The depth of wisdom in this department is awesome.
Feeling like I am drinking from the firehose. How can I manage the advice, ‘by the ways’, and emails to sustain my work and support others?
“I will circle back to this” is now my mantra, commitment, and assurance.
Gotta make more time for “What if?”
Feeling the weight of “other duties as assigned by the principal” factor right about now.
Who have I not met yet at this school?
Do I know all of my colleagues names?