Jordan Collier

Friday Thoughts: How is this year going?

Just about every day someone will ask me, “So, how do you like being a principal?” or will ask, “How is this year going so far?”

“It’s great” just doesn’t cut it. Neither does “Awesome!”

How do I like being a principal? How is this year going? Those are big, big questions that I usually fumble along and try to answer without sounding like an idiot. What is the best way to respond?

Chris Guillebeau experienced this same struggle when he finished his goal of traveling to every country before he was 35, and he offers some great advice in his book The Happiness of Pursuit. As you can imagine, he’s done a few interviews since completing his quest, and inevitably during those interviews, he’s asked something along the lines of “So, what was it like, Chris?”

He writes that at first he struggled to answer such as massive question until an experienced interviewer reminded him that he didn’t have to sum up 193 countries and ten years of travel in a few sentences— instead, just telling a story or two would do the trick.

That’s so true. It’s the stories that matter. It’s the stories that, well, tell the story and answer the question.

So, how is this year going? It’s great. Each day I feel like I’m able to serve teachers, students, and parents, and no day is ever the same. Just today I was able to…

  • observe six classrooms and be a part of many great lessons and experiences, while providing feedback and my perspective with the teachers
  • meet with four teachers and brainstorm strategies to improve student engagement to help struggling learners
  • work with a concerned parent and help identify two strategies that could help her son improve academically
  • spend time working on our English curriculum looking at some long-range academic goals for our students
  • visit the chemistry lab (twice) to participate in labs that involved blowing things up (watch it here).
  • help make sure a group of our 8th graders loaded the bus to take donated bears to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

That was just today. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow.

That response is much stronger than “It’s great” or “I’m really enjoying it.”

If I asked you how this year is going for you, how would you respond? What stories would you share? If you’d like, send me an email and share your response.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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