If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.
As I mentioned in my blog, my #oneword is a call to action for me to be mindful of the moments that make up my day. The moments at home, the moments at work and the moments that happen in between.
Shoulder to shoulder time…I know without a shadow of a doubt, the last reflective activity I will participate in at the end of our principal institute session is shoulder to shoulder time. During shoulder to shoulder time, our PI5 cohort members all circle up, standing shoulder to shoulder, and share our reflections from the last two days of learning. Today, we were asked to share what the most impactful aspect of the principal institute has been and why. Like many others who shared before me, the most impactful aspect or the thing I love the most about the principal institute is the opportunity I am repeatedly given to network, create and cultivate meaningful relationships with other strong, like-minded leaders from across the state of Texas.
As I am was sharing my reflection today with my fellow PI 5 cohort members, I was missing the same thing I was saying I loved. I was missing the relationships with the staff and students at Sigler. More so today than other days, because today we held our Sigler spirit assembly. Knowing I was going to miss the assembly, I was able to empower our great AP, Patrcicia Hempstead, to take center stage and captivate the students during the assembly and work with her on trying to figure out how I could still be a part of the show. Did you really think I was going to miss being a part of the assembly? I love assemblies and the connections with ALL of our students.
Thankfully, with the advances in technology I was able to use my laptop while sitting in my hotel room in Houston, TX, and record a few video clips cheering on our Sigler Stars, letting them know I was thinking about them. It would have been totally awesome if I would have been able to broadcast live, but the schedules didn’t quiet align. I hope there isn’t a next time, as I hate missing assemblies (this was the first one) but if there is,this will be a strong option.
The important part for me was being able to get my face in front of our students even though I was hundreds of miles away. I hope my students and staff understand the love I have for them all and my desire to be a part of today’s festivities. (Thank you to our amazing nurse, Nurse Stacey, for capturing this moment on video and sharing it for me to see on Twitter.)
Do you ever miss events at work? Do you ever find yourself being off campus due to being sick or attending a training or meeting?
How do you use technology to minimize the impact of your absence?
What was your moment today?