So, there are four main types of meetings:
1. This is a total waste of my time. What have I done to deserve this?
2. I agree with what is being said. That’s nice.
3. This is interesting, and I'm learning some good stuff here.
There is a fourth type that is such a rare unicorn that I didn't even realize it existed.
4. What is being said challenges how I think about myself as a professional and makes me want to grow and become a better teacher/staff member.
Today, I go to attend a meeting like that. It was a long meeting-as in three and a half hours. No joke. It was worth every minute though. We had the chance to meet with Shara Bumgarner, the head of school from The Joy School in Houston.
Shara talked with us tons of different topics on how her school strives not just to support its students academically but also the staff members. My favorite? She told us that no matter how wonderful the premise of a school is, if teachers aren't supported, everything falls apart. Preach it, sister.
While Shara gave us many big thoughts for today, one of my favorites was her I’ve got to get stuff done door sign.
I made a couple of different versions because, why not? I figured people might become immune to your sign, so you could mix it up. Also, I'm in the middle of a girly girl stage and a minimal stage and can't decide which one is going to win.