One Minute is a Long Time in School Administration.

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One minute.One Minute Can Be Forever.

It doesn’t seem like that long.

It’s only 60 seconds.  What could possibly go wrong in such a short amount of time?

If you are a school administrator you know.

You understand that things change quickly.

Very quickly.

Things can be "bee-bopping" right along and then BOOM!!!  There it is (that should be a song).

In 60 seconds a good day can go to bad.  A bad day can go to worse.  And the worst day can… I hate to even say (if you are just starting your career… Godspeed… and keep your head on a swivel).

That’s why on the nicest quietest days, a principal, dean, or superintendent never lets their guard down.

They can’t afford to.

The next phone call or meeting could unleash holy terror (my second religious reference… weird).

Indescribable drama is always just around the corner.

Or on the next voicemail.  Or in the next email (or 72 emails… which is what I call an average day).

Or the worst kind.  The unexpected drop-in.

There is nothing that will ruin your day quicker than an agitated parent yelling "What are YOU going to DO about….?"

A minute.

It’s not much.

But it can be.

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3 Responses to “One Minute is a Long Time in School Administration.”


  1. kristina
    on May 20th, 2012
    @ 7:45 am

    There I was enjoying a nice Sunday morning, successfully blocking the crazy week I had (10 student days to go!) then BAM! Hit with reality. Thanks. Seriously though, I do love the reality of your blog. There is definitely no going back…


  2. Tim
    on May 26th, 2012
    @ 5:09 pm

    The unexpected drop-in kills me… especially the ones who walk right through the office and into my closet (and when I say closet, I mean there isn’t room for this person in there without a little reorganizing of stuff.)

    And why is it that these UDIs almost always smell like gardenias or warm vanilla shortbread cookies (with cigarette smoke and or bourbon under-notes)?

    Why can’t they just send an e-mail?

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Tim, That’s funny.

    Thanks for the comment and the laugh.

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