Good Coach/Bad Father.


It’s possible I’m not going to win the Father of the Year Award anytime soon.

Or ever.

Actually it’s not just possible, it’s pretty much a mortal lock.

It’s not because I call my daughter “The Evil Spawn” in a moderately well-read blog (although that certainly doesn’t help my cause).

It’s because I coach her basketball team.I've Never Read This Book, But I Need To.

One would think this would put me in the finals for the Father of the Year competition.

Actually coaching 3rd grade girls in anything should at least get me in the Fast Past line to Heaven (this would be a Walt Disney World/Religious reference… so it’s painfully obvious I’m so not a good person).

I’m trying to do the right thing.  I spend time with the Spawn.  I’ve taught her how to dribble.  I’ve taught her how to shoot.  She’s even scored several baskets (always followed by a slightly creepy celebratory dance she evidently learned from her mother’s side of the family).

I don’t mean to brag, but we’ve won most of our games (4-1 baby!!!).

It seems to me things are going pretty well.

Except there’s one small problem.

Or maybe it’s a big problem.  I’m really not fit to decide at this point.

When I coach her, I only see her mistakes.

And there are lots of them.

Again, I’m not really fit to decide this either (in fact, I really shouldn’t be around children).

I could write an entire blog about her inability to fight through a screen or be in good rebounding position, but then I would really look like an idiot (if you’ve never coached basketball please disregard this sentence as it probably makes absolute no sense… other than I’m an idiot part).

I expect her to play basketball like she’s taking a spelling test (stay with me… I have a point here).  I expect her to play an entire game and not make any mistakes.  None.  Zip.  Nadda.  And whatever the Spanish word for Zero is.

In my mind she should get everything correct just like I want her to do on a spelling test (I didn’t say it was a good point, I just said I had a point).

On the other hand, I recognize when her teammates make mistakes.  And that’s okay because they are trying.

As long as they try and do their best, what more can I ask?

Her?  Different story.

I’m not sure, but this may be a little something I like to call a “Double-Standard”.

By now, you are probably on board with my theory about not winning Father of the Year.

That’s okay because you would be right.  And just so my readers feel good about themselves, I’m about to reinforce this theory.

At our last game, we started the 4th quarter down by 6 points.  That’s not a big deficit unless you’ve seen 3rd grade girls play basketball.  Then you would realize it’s like being behind by 427 points.

Occasionally, our team struggles with “scoring” (as all 3rd graders do).

Basically the game was over.

But as luck would have it, our team battled back (in spite of my daughter… again, I only see her mistakes… I may have some issues and be in dire need of counseling).

With 37 seconds left we were down by 2 points, but we got the ball back.

I called a timeout.

This was the perfect opportunity to put all of my years of coaching knowledge to work.

I could diagram a play and we would win the game.

Too bad the girls were so excited they wanted to talk instead of listen.  Turns out during a timeout with 3rd grade girls, everybody has a story.  Or they are thirsty.  Or they need their shoes tied.  Or ponytails fixed.  Or they want to wave at mom and dad.  Or they need to use the restroom (who can’t hold it for 37 seconds???).

They want to do anything but listen to my ingenious explanation of the play that will win the game.

But this didn’t stop me.  I set up a play (or at least some controlled mayhem…). 

There were two girls I was comfortable taking the last shot.  Both are not related to me (the Evil Spawn is so writing a paper in high school titled “Bad Dad”). 

So what happens?

The play doesn’t work (who’s surprised?… not me).

But something odd happened.

The Evil Spawn evidently stay calmed and used her head (maybe we aren’t related???).

The Spawn scored to tie the game and send it to overtime (which we win!!!).

The crowd goes crazy.

A creepy dance ensues.

And I don’t remember any of it.

I didn’t even know she hit the last shot.  I have no recollection of it.  I thought another girl made the basket.

I was so focused on her not making a mistake.

It was only after the game when I realized she did something wonderful.  It occurred to me when other parents (no doubt better people than me) where high-fiving and congratulating her on the big shot at the buzzer.

Oh, it gets worse.

I not only missed the game-tying shot, I missed all of the shots she made.

Evidently, she was our leading scorer.  I had no idea.

I guess I don’t remember anything.  Except her mistakes.

 

I haven’t read the book “Good Dad/Bad Dad” (pictured above), but I probably should.

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200th Subscriber. Am I Better For It?


Yes, I Know.  This is Only 10 People.

It’s official.

And a little sad.

The PrincipalsPage.com Blog just got it’s 200th subscriber (actually it was the 202nd, but I’ve been busy… with my day job and all).

This means two things. 

One, 200 people receive the newest blog entries via email as soon as I slop them down and hit the publish button (which I’ve been known to do by accident halfway through a blog… sorry).

Secondly and most importantly, it has become apparent that there are 200 people in the world who are unbelievably bored.

Seriously, you should think about doing charity work or something at least a little more productive.

Even while I may question the good judgment of my readers, I realize I’m very lucky.

This blog has been an opportunity to spout off on a variety of issues.  Education, burning popcorn, Swine Flu, Tiger Woods, politics, my Evil Spawn, Buddy the Dog, my travels (however limited), and any other weird stuff that pops into my head.

The blog has helped me reach outside the walls of my school and be a part of much larger discussions.

I’ve been asked in the last couple of days if the blog has made me a better administrator (seriously, it couldn’t have made me worse).

The answer is it has. 

Probably in more ways than I know.

It’s given me the opportunity to learn from people who are much smarter than me.  They come from all over the world and bring so many different types of experiences and views on education.

Turns out if you write it, they will come (yes, a Field of Dreams reference… one of the 10 best movies of all-time).

While I can’t say I’ve helped them, they’ve certainly made me better (again, not that hard people).

I got my 100th subscriber in late September 2009.  That was 26 months after I started blogging.

It only took 4 months to reach 200.

By my math I should reach 1,000 sometime around…  never.

But who knows?

Stranger things have happened.

Like a Superintendent who blogs.

Or even weirder, the fact that people are reading a Superintendent’s blog (and it’s not about busses, report cards, or current school events).

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Hands Up, not Hands Out.


Hands Up... It's What We Ask of Our Students.

When schools face financial difficulties it’s easy to get bogged down.

How?

By complaining (I mean complaining more than usual… not that this ever happens in the teacher’s lounge or at administrators’ meetings).

It’s easy to blame politicians for our troubles in education (I personally enjoy this a LOT).

Constant complaining seldom makes things better.

Our focus has to be on the students.  Our job as educators is to provide kids with the best education possible.

Sure, we may have to do this on a budget, but that’s okay.

During difficult times comes innovation (I know I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating… mainly because I have a garage full of bumper stickers that I need to sell).

We will have to make improvements on the cheap, but any progress is good progress.

Schools may be struggling financially, but we still have a job to do.  Busses will arrive and the first hour bell will ring, so education will continue to move forward (that is if the electric bill gets paid…).

I really believe schools will rise to the occasion as they face the biggest of challenges.

Certain types of pressure brings out the best in people.

Like the threat of losing your job.

In this age of cutbacks, I think you will see teachers, administrators, and school employees doing even more than usual.

This can only benefit students.

It may mean longer hours and more responsibilities for school employees, but it has to beat unemployment.

Educators will be quick to volunteer.  Quick to make themselves as useful as possible.  Quick to take on any and all extra duties.

We are moving from an era of people having their “Hands Out” to one where everyone will have their “Hands Up”.

It is no longer what can you do for me, but what can I do for you?

To quote Tom Brokaw… “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”


I hate to admit it, but the title for this blog came from all people…  a politician.  Sad, but true.

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The Education Party.


Schools in America are in trouble.

And I’m not talking about academically.  At least not in this blog.

I’m talking about financially.

We could argue about what has caused this gigantic monetary mess, but I don’t have that kind of time.

Ahh, who am I kidding.  I’ve got nothing but time (as these endless blogs prove over and over…).

In my mind, two groups are to blame for this mess.

Politicians and Voters.apple-full

Politicians are number one on my list because they are simpletons.  They are incapable of making a single rationale decision on behalf of the people they represent.  As a group, they are more “me” than “we” (I just went Obama on you… or if you’re old school, I just went Jesse Jackson).

Number two on my list?  Voters. 

Why?  Because we continue to send the same geniuses back to our local, state, and federal governments. (and by geniuses, I don’t mean geniuses).

We don’t need term limits, we need a clue (although term limits wouldn’t hurt).

There is something else that will help keep both groups in line.  We need a 3rd political party.

And it should be named The Education Party (I kind of gave that away in the title didn’t I?).

It will be “The Party for Our Future” (I really should copyright that..).

Every political party needs a mascot and ours will be an Apple.  This means we will get free advertising from 84% of elementary teachers who already own a sweater with the party symbol on it (I briefly considered going with a Snowman because 99% of elementary teachers own sweaters with those on them).

The party will stand for the following:  children.  Yes that’s right, children.  Period.

We will believe in: not lying, playing fair, no bullying of other countries, not spending money we don’t have, and all of the other values good parents and educators try to instill in our kids.

As our party name implies, we will be pro-education.

But not pro-education in making things easier for administrators and teachers.

Pro-education in making things better for students. 

Longer school days?  Maybe.  School on Saturday?  Possibly.  Year-round school calendar?  I hope not, but we have to be open to anything.  Keep tenure?  Only if it’s good for kids.  Higher pay for school employees?  Yes, but it will come with higher expectations.  Open enrollment to make districts compete like businesses?  Count me in.  Placing students at grade level based on ability, not age?  Definitely.

Most importantly, we will run on a platform of teaching our students the basics.  But the basics for this century, not the last one.

Reading (and lots of it), Math, Science, English, History (and just not our version), Foreign Languages (in elementary school), Technology (current, not Microsoft Works), Health and Nutrition (like PE, but not just whiffle ball), and last but not least… Personal Discipline and Responsibility (after all, we don’t want our kids to grow up and be like our present politicians).

The Education Party will be the party of change.

Not the party of yesterday, but the party of tomorrow (more Obama/Jackson).

We will endorse candidates who demand schools look toward the future, while still understanding we need to base our beliefs in our more conservative past (like the Andy Griffith show, but with laptops and the ability to speak Chinese).

This financial crisis could be the best thing to happen to education in the last 100 years.

But it may not be enough to just change education, we may need to change the people who make the decisions on education.

As an added bonus:  all of The Education Party Conventions will be held in San Diego.  I like it there.  It’s warm.

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We Need to Stop Teaching Our Students How to Write.


Why does it take schools so long to change?

Why do I feel the need to write so many blogs about change?

The answer to the first question is we’ve been allowed to rest on our laurels.  Question number two, I’m either obsessive compulsive or just weird.  Could go either way.

Whatever it is, you have to admit it’s like pulling teeth to get a new idea implemented in education.

Educators growl like frightened cats when they hear the word Change (yes, this is an excuse to use a wacky animal picture in a blog).This Cat Just Heard the Word

Everyone seems to believe that we should teach our students in the same ways we were taught 20 or 30 years ago (I know, I’m dating myself).

Worse, we continue to teach the subject matter we were taught.  To compound the problem, we use the same techniques we learned during student teaching
(can anyone say chalkboard, overhead, and worksheets?).

I’m here to propose some changes.  Again.

Big changes.

So go ahead and growl, hiss, and spit.

Get over it, because as always, we are here for the kids.

Now take a moment to compose yourselves.  And stop crying.  It’s sad.  And pathetic (plus, you don’t want to drip tears on your keyboard).

When I’m done please feel free to tell me what you think. Just keep the cursing to a minimum.

Here we go.

One, we need to get rid of penmanship, keyboarding, memorizing state capitals, and cutback on spelling.

And that’s just a start.

Am I crazy?

Possibly, but more likely I’m just slightly paranoid with some anger issues (it’s all about the proper medication).  But that’s a whole different subject.

Penmanship is rarely used by most adults.  Unless they are signing their name, so spending hundreds of hours teaching children how to make the perfect “Q” in cursive could be a waste of time.

We don’t have time to teach students a skill they will one day use in writing thank you notes.  If they need to produce such a note they can print them (by hand or a computer… I really don’t care).

Keyboarding?  Haven’t we progressed past the point of controlling our students by making them sit straight up and down with both feet on the floor while they type?

I don’t know of any former students who have computer skills and weren’t hired for a job because they didn’t type fast enough or use the proper technique.

Last time I checked, most elementary students know their way around a keyboard.

Let’s just agree the “Home Row” isn’t life or death.  Enough with typing “asdf gh jkl; fall gall hall lass” a thousand times.

Stop with the memorizing state capitals.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again, it was fun in the 1950’s, it can be Googled in 2010.  If you find yourself desperately needing to know the capital of Delaware… look it up.  There’s no need to spend the entire 4th grade year forcing students to learn where Montpelier and Salem are located. 

Lastly, what’s with all the time on spelling?

Do we really need to know how to spell in this day and age?

Can’t we just come close when we are typing and then let the computer correct us?  During the typing of this blog, I misspelled 12 words.  Maybe it’s my keyboarding skills, maybe I’m just stupid.

Either way, it took me 1.3 seconds to fix them.

This is just a start.  I haven’t even gotten to the Periodic Table, poetry, and our obsession with dictionary skills.

Once, we get these things out of the curriculum, schools will have time to address skills needed in this century.

Like foreign language starting in elementary school.

Not as an elective, but mandatory (might I suggest Chinese?).

And computers, computers, computers.  We can’t keep pushing technology skills to the background because Grandma the 3rd grade teacher is afraid her students might break the printer or download a song.

Why is it that it’s embarrassing when we don’t know math, history, science when we stand in front of our students, but it’s okay to be clueless about technology (in the interest of full disclosure I stole this from someone on Twitter and I’m also on steroids so I can blog faster…).

As Ben Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished”.

And I don’t think any of us employed by a school should be done.

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It’s a Small World. With a Rather Long Line.


It’s time.

Who am I kidding.  It’s past time.They Are Happy Because They Aren't Waiting in Line.

This has been weighing on me for nearly 3 weeks.

I need to get this off my chest.  I’m tired of feeling like Mark McGwire (no, not juiced up with the strength of 7 men… sick to my stomach from the constant avoidance of the subject).

It’s time to discuss our “vacation” to Disney World.

I put the word “vacation” in quotes because it was no vacation.   There was nothing “vacationey” about it.  It was work. 

Hard work.

With just a dash of stress and a pinch of exhaustion thrown in for good measure.

In this age of full-disclosure, I think it’s important to say that nobody does theme parks like Disney.  Nobody.

The food, cleanliness, employees, fireworks, parades, and did I mention the food… all were great.

It is a wonderful place to take your kids.

I have to say this because I don’t want the Mickey Mouse Mob after me.

These people are crazy.

They are the ones who return to the park year after year.  They never ever vacation anywhere else.

Disney is their shrine.

The whole situation is very cult-like.

You can always recognize them because they wear those goofy mouse ear hats (who pays good money for those things and do they wear them at home?).

Actually all of their clothes have Mickey Mouse on them.

T-shirts, jackets, sunglasses, panties… you name it (don’t ask how I know about the panties because I’m still working through those issues).

Some even have Mickey tattoos.  Disturbing, I know.

The Mickey Mob Members are constantly talking about how things have changed over the years at the “Happiest Place on Earth”.  As in “On our first trip to Disney back in 1979…”.

They are so misinformed.

The “Happiest Place on Earth” isn’t a theme park built around two mice living together in sin.  It’s the empty hallways of a school on a summer day.

Actually that’s not true.

It’s the empty hallway and an empty lounge.

Now that’s happy (at least for a school administrator in June).

Disney wasn’t the problem (again, I don’t want to anger the Mob).

But there were some other issues.  Mostly brought on by our poor planning or total lack of planning in general.

 

1.  We went to Disney the day after school got out.  Get home, pack, catch a plane.  Bad idea.  I had forgotten how tired one gets at the end of the first semester.

2.  We flew over the Christmas break.  Why didn’t someone tell us the airports were busy during this time of year.

3.  We flew during the time some genius tried to make a bomb in his underpants.  Bad idea for him.  Added stress to us (although sadly security was NO different).

4.  We went to Florida to enjoy the warm weather.  I spent most of the time in a heavy coat (but not heavy enough) and a stocking cap.

5.  We had tickets for 6 straight days of non-stop fun at the various Disney theme parks.  The fun stopped about day 3.5.

 

Now I know people from the Mickey Mob will email me and say I just don’t get it.  And they will be right.

I don’t get it.

I just don’t get why it’s so much fun to stand in line for 90 minutes to ride a ride for 90 seconds.

I don’t get why adults run across the park to get the autograph from a 20 year old intern dressed up as a mouse.

I don’t get why parents take their 8 month old to a theme park when all they want to do is cry and sleep.

I don’t get why a bottled water costs $48.

And I’m tired of arguing with the Evil Spawn about whether Goofy is a dog or not.

It’s all very confusing to me.

I need a vacation.

If you have kids (over the age of 5) you should go once.  ONCE.

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How Much Work Could I Get Done If I Didn’t Have to Go to Work?


Today I was awakened by the only thing worse than my maddeningly loud alarm clock (I will never understand why our friends in China couldn’t have added a volume setting… and they think they can rule the world… ).

The Evil Spawn marched into our bedroom and announced she just spilled (this is her nice phrase for… well, you can figure that out).Being Sick Stinks.

At first glance, that sounds bad.

On second glance it didn’t smell that great.

But trust me, it’s not as bad as it used to be.

If you have (or had) small children you understand what I’m about to say.

When kids are little they get sick.  A lot.  And worse than that, it happens wherever they are standing/laying.  Don’t even get me started on their ability to project yesterday’s dinner.

No matter how loud you scream “Get in the bathroom!”, they never budge.

They just stand there, look helpless, and cry.  It’s not a pretty picture.

Basically, they are a custodians worst nightmare.

As they get older, they gain the sense where they can actually anticipate oncoming sickness.  This will serve them well in college.

Of course, if they get sick in college, it’s most likely their own fault.

So today after 2 weeks of Winter Vacation and 2 additional Snow Days, she is ill.

How does this happen?

Why does this happen?

Why doesn’t she get sick on a Saturday morning (preferably during soccer season, but I digress).

This means on very short notice at 5:30 am, we had to implement the Alternating Parent Plan.

This highly structured and detailed document is basically mom and dad taking turns staying home from school when the Spawn is ill (I hate to call her Evil when her belly hurts).

At times like this you realize how great it is to be an educator.

They don’t have subs at the factory you know.

Under Section 2, Paragraph 7 of the Alternating Parent Plan it stated very clearly that today was my day.

My first though was “Ugh”.  Suddenly, a Monday at school didn’t sound so bad.

While the bad news piled up on me, so has the laundry.

Plus, as a father I’m not qualified to make the tough medical decisions that come with an 8 year old and her arch nemesis… the flu.  Turns out my high school guidance counselor was right when she told me becoming a doctor was a great career for the smarter kids.

But we are getting by.

Primarily because mom emails on the hour and came home at lunch to check on us (yes, both of us).

The good news is I’m not at work.

Which strangely enough means I can get a lot of work done.

Even with the constant cry of “Dad” in the background (sometimes I even respond), I’m able to whip through my School To-Do List.

No interruptions.  No phone calls.  No angry ________________ (feel free to fill in the blank with just about anyone).

Computers  are great.

There’s no way I could get all of this work completed 15 years ago.

On the other hand computers can be bad.

While I have accomplished a lot, I didn’t have time to watch the Price is Right.  Even though I’m not at work, I’m still working.

Progress is good.

But it hasn’t improved sick days.

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No Limit for Better.


I think I’ve just found the title for my next book (which for those of you scoring at home… will be my first book).

When I said “found”, I meant stolen. I ripped the title off from my good friend Mr. Harrison Ford.

By “good friend”, I mean I’ve never met the man.We Have to Do Better.

You may remember him from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. Or maybe the movie where he played the President of the United States and beat everyone up on Air Force One.

I don’t know about you, but I like my Presidents to be able to hold their own in hand-to-hand combat with bad guys.

Harry (that’s what I call him) tells the story about working for a Russian architect when he was a young actor/carpenter.

This circumstance relates to everyone because who amongst us hasn’t worked for a Russian architect at one point or another?

That’s what I thought. We all have.

During a course of a building project he told the architect they needed to change a dimension by half an inch.

The architect responded by saying “No limit for better.”

This made me think of education.

Who am I kidding, everything makes me thing about education (summer vacation starts when???).

We should have the same attitude as the architect, but I think all too often we take the opposite approach.

In too many cases we aren’t interested in making even the smallest of changes.

In the last 30 years, far too many educators have taken the stance of improving conditions in schools as it relates to their jobs.

This is the opposite of what we should be doing. We should constantly be looking for improvements in practices that relate to students.

Whenever a new circumstance presents itself at school, our first reaction inside our heads is… “How will this affect me?”

And it should be “How will this help students?”

The question is how do we change the way we think?

And can we make the necessary changes before others do it for us?

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Buy a Book. Or 4.


Up to this point in my blog/website career, I have turned down request after request to hawk educational items on this blog.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not being a martyr.  I just haven’t been offered enough money.

I’m easy.  I’m just not cheap.

I guess I did sell out that one time when I got a sweet sweet shirt.Every Administrator Needs to Read This Book.

Since then, my tastes have gotten more expensive.

It amazes me how many people want to jump on the runaway train of success that is PrincipalsPage.com (millions and millions… or at least a couple).

Before I completely make a money grab (and mark my word, I will… one day this will be the Tostitos PrincipalsPage or maybe the Doritos PrincipalsPage – I smell a bidding war!), I wanted to do something positive for my readers.

I want to recommend 4 books that I think can make the lives of educators better and more importantly help students.

You will find all 4 under the Book Tab.

They are:  Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education, The Perfect School, Teachers Change Lives 24/7, and What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know.  All are written or co-written by Mr. Jim Burgett.

He is president of The Burgett Group and an educator who has been recognized nationally for his ability to lead, motivate, inspire, and teach. Jim has received dozens of awards for his teaching, his ability as an administrator, and his service to many professional organizations. He was twice named the administrator of the year in Illinois. Jim has been a popular speaker and presenter for over twenty years.

I know this because I copy and pasted the last paragraph from his website.

My goal when I started PrincipalsPage was to help (in a very small way) other administrators, especially those brand new to the profession.

These books will do just that.

How do I know.

I’ve read them.

And before you can email or tweet me, yes I can read.

Not well, but good enough to become a school administrator (teachers are laughing at this joke… laughing hard… laughing a little too hard if you ask me).

You will not be disappointed.  In fact, I’m so sure of this fact that I could offer a money back guarantee.

I’m not going to, but I could.

If you are interested, click on the Book Tab next to my cartoon wife.

Then you have two choices: order with same day shipping or download the book immediately.

I love technology.

And you will love these books.

Addition from the Publisher: We will offer a money-back guarantee on the printed book! Just mail it back to the address on the package within 30 days and we’ll give you the book cost back on your credit card.

I told you the were great books.

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The Snow Day Dilemma.


It’s here.

The first Snow Day of the year.

You might be asking (or not) why is “Snow Day” capitalized.

Good question (or not). 

Because the Snow Day is a sacred event that must always be treated with the highest respect.

One does not want to anger the Snow Day Gods.  If you do there may not be another.He's Asleep.  He's Always Asleep.

And none of us want that.

This is why it is important to never ever anticipate the Snow Day.  Even if our friend Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel is calling for 97 feet of snow overnight (and high winds which as you know can cause blowing and drifting), always act like you will have school the next day.

Go to bed at the regular time, iron your clothes, and pack your lunch.

To repeat:  I can’t stress this strongly enough… never ever take the Snow Day for granted.

The Snow Day knows where you live and doesn’t take disrespect kindly.

The Snow Day ranks right up there with the Big 2.  Summer and Christmas Vacations.

You could make the argument that the Snow Day is the grandest of all these school events because it is unexpected, but that is a whole different blog.

So now that the Snow Day has arrived, school has been cancelled, and I’ve been up since the wee hours, I am left with the Snow Day Dilemma.

Really it’s a riddle.

A riddle wrapped in a conundrum.

Surrounded by a giant vat of enigma.

Or something like that.

Here’s my dilemma.  Should I stay up the rest of the morning and take a Snow Day Nap this afternoon or should I go back to bed for the Snow Day Sleep In?

Decisions, decisions.

They said being a superintendent would be challenging, but I had no idea I would face these types of difficult situations.

It’s almost like I can’t win.

Stay up and I feel groggy.

Go back to bed and I’m a lazy piece of crap.

It’s not easy being me.

Maybe I should ask Buddy the Dog.

He just woke up from his 12 hour overnight snooze fest.  He does his best thinking when he’s well rested.

And as you know, I go to Buddy for help with all of my big educational questions.

Whoops, too late.

He’s already asleep in what is sure to be his first of 6 naps today (he was up for less than 7 minutes… I wish I was kidding).

While you can (and should) make the argument that he’s not overly ambitious, you have to admit… he knows how to make a decision.

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