15 June 2007

Breakfast On The Hoof

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...or so I've been told. The past two days have had me out the door early to get to breakfast meetings before 7. I got to kick it with the junior high principals yesterday. Boss Lady 2.0 isn't always forthcoming with information, so this event was a bit of a mystery from beginning to end. I remember the office manager trying to schedule it and, assuming I knew what was happening, looked to me to help with time and place. This was about as useful as me assuming that the purpose of the meeting was to talk about the differentiation work seventh grade had done. Wednesday morning, as I was scurrying out the door to cadre, I remembered why one shouldn't assume. BL 2.0 mentioned that she should have thought to meet with me about why we were having the meeting. Um, okay...that meant that I wasn't going to be prepared for whatever lay ahead and there was not going to be any time or help to do so. In spite of all of this, things turned out well. I just updated them on initiatives and made them as happy as I could manage. I'm still not 100% sure why I was involved with all of this, but at least the toast was good.

Breakfast this morning was with my usual gaggle of elementary teachers. This meeting is another good reason to look forward to Fridays. It is so much fun to start the day with oatmeal and gossip. It's also a great way to stay connected with the teachers I support. There is always a lot of laughter.

The only drawback to these breakfast pow-wows this week was that I had another meeting immediately following each of them. There really hasn't been any time or headspace to digest the information received. I feel like this is becoming more and more of an issue---as there are lots of meetings, all of which seem to engender something to work or follow up on...but with no time to do so because there's another meeting. I'm not sure how to resolve this. Communication issues are something that I want to ponder over the summer. How do we have fewer breakfasts on the hoof and still improve our working relationships?


Hugh O'Donnell said...

I could be full of beans, but I think the relationships are the key. The information, though important, is secondary.

If you weren't looking for an opinion, just disregard! ;)

The Science Goddess said...

I believe you're right. I guess the question then becomes how to culture those relationships within a large district. How does one make things "personal" when there are many persons involved?