What Does it Take to Run a School?

A school is not just a building. It is a community within a community. A finely tuned machine. A home away from home. A place of nurturing and growth.  A nursery of learning. I could go on and on, but you get the point. Schools are not just teachers and kids, although kids are definitely the heartbeat!  Schools involve custodians, cooks, bus drivers, special service providers, counselors, volunteers, administrators, substitutes, parents, and many others dedicated to helping children.

Take one out of the equation and you are unbalanced. The ride can get rough. Someone else has to pick up the slack.  It is easy to get wrapped up in your own little world and forget about the teacher down the hall or the person who cleans your room after you turn off the lights. It is easy to take for granted the cookies sitting in the teacher's workroom or the encouraging email that you received. That is until they are gone. Then you feel their absence. Some more keenly than others.

If you've worked in a district that had cutbacks you are familiar with extra duties. Emptying your trash, cleaning your boards, wiping down cafeteria tables.  Or, taking your Friday night to take tickets at a game or pass out programs at a musical event.  And the entire time you were probably thinking about all the things you could and needed to be doing to get your room ready instead of helping in some other area.

Do we take time to consider what responsibilities others have? I know that I can get impatient when some things are not done when I think they should be done, or an email is not responded to as quickly as I would like. I have to take a step back and realize that there are more pressing issues or other responsibilities that take precedence over mine.  This is a good time to have a humbling reality check. A good time to ask myself if I am appreciating those people that work in my world. Am I respecting their duties? Do I think mine are more important?

Truth is, no one person is more important than another. We are all needed to keep things running smoothly.  Teamwork.  It takes every one of us to pull off this thing called 'school'.

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  1. What great information and just in time for the beginning of school. When our grandchildren were in primary school, we helped in the classroom and we could tell the little ones that didn't have support in their home. Most wanted to learn, just needed someone to let them know they were doing a great job.

  2. Your grandchildren were so fortunate to have you! With support many children would be successful in school. It really takes teamwork!


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