The elephant in the room

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:

  • Being a principal is hard -- not so much because of the job duties, but because of the emotional weight every principal carries each day.
  • One of the hardest parts about being a principal is that while everyone else has a clearly defined area of responsibility -- their classroom, attendance, the physical plant -- you’re responsible for all of it.
  • Being a principal can be very lonely.
  • Warning: Being a Builder will make you the “weirdo” in your district. People will not understand what you are doing or why you have departed from the status quo and they will try to force or shame you to get you back in line.
  • People don’t understand the amount of emotional labor it takes to be a principal. It’s one of the reasons the job is so exhausting.
Recently a woman asked me a question that I get asked from time-to-time. “Have you been a principal?”

On today’s episode, I address the question (and the questions behind the question) in order to remove any barrier keeping you from choosing to help every student achieve 100% success #LikeABuilder. 

Check out these highlights:
  • The 2 reasons why people want to know if I have ever been a principal.
  • Why being a principal requires a lot of hidden, emotional labor that few people truly understand.
  • The power of having a wider perspective to your challenges.
  • Why being a Builder can feel so lonely.
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