It seems like yesterday that I was introduced as the new Principal at BHS, but the reality of it is that five years have passed. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what has transpired over the last five years (both personally and professionally).
While five years seems like a very small amount of time, it is quite significant when I look at it with the lens of a parent. (I have photos to prove it.)
My kids who were 1, 6, and 9 are now 6, 11, and 14. Even scarier is the fact that my oldest will be entering high school next year.
|My Three Kids In 2007|
|My Three Kids Now|
Finishing my thoughts on my own kids is where my personal and professional thinking starts to collide. While five years is a short time for me at this point, it is a huge amount of time for my children (or anyone else’s). The growth I have seen physically, emotionally, and intellectually has been amazing to witness. With this thought in mind, I am clearer than ever that we cannot afford to have this valuable time be wasted on meaningless activities. What my kids (and everyone else’s) needs is different than what was needed in the past and it is more important than ever that we change the way we define learning in our schools.