Five ways hectically busy school leaders can stay on track – by Douglas W. Green, EdD at @tesusa

Trying to run a school can feel like a game of Whack-a-Mole, but there are ways to keep winning.
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Wack a Mole

As a principal, I was fond of saying “if you don’t have ADHD when you take the job, you will have it two weeks later”. I supervised 70 adults and dealt with 530 students and their parents, as well as my follow administrators and the Superintendent.

It only took a small subset of this hoard to want my attention at the same time for the job to seem like playing the ‘Whack-a-Mole’ carnival game.

Anyone who aspires to this job needs to realize this and be prepared to deal with it. As a principal for 13 years, I believe I managed the hectic pace with success, so for anyone who wants this job or who already has it, here are my top tips on how to stay on track.

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