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Seth Godin tells us that most of what we do at work is one of three things:
- Fun: It's engaging, it gives us satisfaction, people smile.
- Urgent: Someone else (or perhaps we) decided that this paper is on fire and it has to be extinguished before anything else happens.
- Fear-based: Most common of all, the things we do to protect ourselves from the fear we'd have to sit with if we didn't do them.
- Not on this list: important. A day spent doing important work is rare indeed. Precious, too.
Today was a good one at work for me (must be, because that's what I told a fellow Principal who rang me on the way home today to check in with me).
Fun - staff meeting at 8.15 is always fun times, plus I had fun teaching my Year 10 English class and learning some dance steps for a staff item after school. I smile a lot at student actions during the day - one boy today was hilariously wearing surgical gloves - when I asked why (DER!) - he said, with a grin - 'Covid!'
Urgent - checking the UE status for my Year 13's and getting rulings on various requests HAD to be done today.
Fear based - Thursday is my deadline for filling out a weekly report for my Board of Trustees equivalent (called Campus Administrators in our context), plus a weekly report for my immediate line manager (called a Regional principal), and responding to all of the staff reports that are due every Thursday. This all takes me a few hours every Thursday.
Important - doing a report on a professional discussion about MAP Growth data today was in this category - it was a polite request from a colleague, but an important one because it got me thinking about next steps in the data analysis. That will have positive repercussions for student learning.