What is the most important thing I do everyday?
Let me re-phrase that. What is the most important job I am supposed to do everyday?
This summarizes it fairly well.
I am like most of you. I have a lot of "important" things to do each day. I can often inflate my sense of self by listing everything that I should get done each day.
I also depend on others to get a lot of things done.
In schools there are a lot of things to do every single day.
But the most important thing I should do each day is let the people I care about know that I care about them.
If I do that - everything else will begin to fall in place.
That does not mean that I don't focus on all of those important things. Budgets, teacher evaluations, administrative evaluations, Board of Education relations, policy, student discipline, bus issues, parent complaints, building issues, morale, state assessments, legislative mandates. The list could go on.
I am not supposed to forget those things. I am not supposed to spend my day expressing to others that I care about them and not get my job done.
But in the midst of all those things people should know that they are more important than the job.
Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I am sure that I communicate to people that who they are, what they care about, what they want to accomplish in their life is not nearly as important as getting the job done.
And that's not right.
Every one should know that they are important first. Then the job will get done.