Hard to believe that November is already here. This may be one of the quickest starts to a school year in my 11 years of teaching.
In my school division the Vice Principal teaches. I believe I teach approximately 60% and the remainder of my week is admin and prep time. This year is slightly different from the past. It is my third year as a Vice-Principal but my first year as a grade three teacher. I have primarily taught grade eight my entire career with a little bit of grade five thrown in the mix. It has been a really big adjustment for me. I am thankful that I have an awesome group of kids that just roll with me!
My worry is this: that I am not doing a great job in either of my roles. I am trying to find that elusive balance between the two roles. As all teachers know, when teaching a new grade – there is so much prep work to be done. I have quickly learned that primary teachers are my heroes! The amount of work that goes into teaching primary is staggering some days. On the flip side of this is the fact that I still have administrative duties. Some of my duties include supporting teachers and being an instructional leader for them. I just feel like there is not enough time in the day and that I can quickly be wrapped up in my own planning and instruction. I have a young staff so I feel more accountable to them in terms of supporting and guiding them. I am searching for that middle ground but wondering if it truly exists.
For those of you out there that have both roles included in your job description – my question to you is how do you manage both roles? How do you ensure that you are giving your students all that they need while at the same time supporting your teachers?