The Principal's Office At BHS
As we continue to look at ways to do things differently, I am thinking about my office. I keep asking myself why I need an office or maybe it's the location that bothers me. I remember hearing a quote a few year's back that stated "the Principal that stays in his/her office may as well stay home." I have to say that I agree with the premise. The best days for me are the ones where I have a lot of interaction with students, teachers, visitors, etc. These interactions do not typically happen in my office.
My Experimental Office. (My Preference)
So why do I need an office?
- Meetings with teachers, parents, and students - These can be held in many places (i.e. the main office conference room)
- My desktop computer - Traded that in for a laptop
- My landline phone - That can be moved anywhere. I can check the voicemail from anywhere. I also have my school-issued cellphone which would actually lead to another question (Do I need a landline?)
- Files - I am going paperless as much as possible and file cabinets can be kept in many locations.
I would love to hear any other major reasons why I should not give up my office. I am sure that there are a number of better uses for such a large space. With this in mind, I have been spending a lot of time at a desk in the main lobby with my laptop doing the same things that I would have been doing in my office with no interaction with staff and students.
So stay tuned for my next post which will be asking for suggestions or proposals for a better use for my office.