"Taking the time for myself to learn and reflect"

Day one of ISANNELEADS:  this morning, as I was packing to attend, trying to envision what I might need or want for the week I experienced the first twinges of anxiety.  One might ask, why would I have anxiety about attending a week long class on leadership. Initially, the anxiety was simple, would I pack the right clothes, would I fit in, what about all the loose ends at work. Finally at the point I was questioning whether I should even be attending, the dog crawled under the porch and refused to come out.  I was supposed to be leaving in 20 minutes to arrive in Tilton on time. A half hour later, a ride in the car and the dog was in the house. Then miracles of miracles, I got behind a pick-up truck pulling a wagon load of hay, swerving all over the road. By the time I got to the interstate, I was laughing at myself for being anxious about this week.

               The dog will be well taken care of. Somebody will step up to the plate at school, or it will wait for my return. I talk with teachers, administrators and students about the importance of taking time to process information and reflect on the teaching/learning and yet, I worry about taking the time for myself to learn and reflect. I find being an administrator similar to being a parent; in needing to care for myself mentally and physically in order to give the best to others. Sometimes that knowledge gets lost in the hum of everyday living. This afternoon’s work was a good reminder about a lot that I know and a lot that I want to do.  I am looking forward to working with and learning from all of you!

Twila - ISANNELEADS 2016