Can I just say this, “THE FIRST GRADERS AT GEORGETOWN ROCK!” I am the luckiest principal in the world because I get to listen to first graders read every week. For those of you who have forgotten how much brain power it takes to read, try to read to the principal after lunch!
This past week, I had the honor of spending an hour PLUS a few extra minutes teaching Mrs. Stadt’s first grade class. They won the prize for the October Blog Scavenger Hunt. As winners of this most sought after prize, Mrs. Stadt got to work on “teacher stuff” and I got to teach the first graders “principal stuff.”
I picked up Mrs. Stadt’s class after lunch, and while she was looking the other way, we disappeared into a secret location. (My contract does not allow me to disclose this information on the blog. To find out, you must interview a first grade student from Room 106.)
Once we landed back in the classroom, we got down to very serious work. We reviewed the principal’s job description which includes (but is not limited to) the following:
- Making announcements
- Helping kids who are sick
- Helping kids who are hurt
- Making sure kids are nice (and teacher’s too)
- Keeping the building safe
- Heating and cooling the school
- Buying food for kids to eat
- Helping teachers teach
- Buying crayons and post it notes
- Making calls on the 2-way radio
Once this was done, I demonstrated how the 2-way works -assisted by Mrs. VandenBerg who was in the office. Each student then received the BEST EVER principal supply kit: a notepad for lists (principal must have), small post-it notes (memory keepers), washable marker (for the principal who always writes notes on her hand) and a very cool paper clip.
NEXT, each first grader wrote in their very best first grade spelling “IF I WERE THE PRINCIPAL, I WOULD….” I expected responses like “give extra recesses to all the kids” or “make no homework the rule” but instead, these first graders wrote about wanting to BE NICE to others, make sure everyone had food for lunch, and help kids make friends on the playground. Each one of these students can feel free to list me on their resumes when they apply for their first principal job!
We took our very special writing projects down to the copy room where each child made two copies—one for me and one for them–on our GINORMOUS copy machine. Following this, we headed over to the conference room for an important meeting (see the principal thinking faces below), toured the principal’s office (where we picked up a special snack) and then headed to Art Class…a wee bit late.
After Art Class, I took the principal’s in training for a WELL DESERVED break in the teacher’s lounge. I delivered the first graders back to the classroom in time for them to complete agendas and pack up for the day.
Enjoy these photos…and THANK YOU MRS. STADT’s CLASS FOR WINNING THE SCAVENGER HUNT!