I have found myself finally catching up today…I have had the opportunity to catch up on professional posts and reading the #SAVMP page. Many of the posts I read were focused on effective communication with staff and families. As I reflect on my first full month of my principalship, communication has been my central focus. What is the best way to communicate?
I found that social media has been very effective to communicate events and happenings around the school. However, the best way to communicate has been to be an active listener… The following post from ALL THINGS PLC by Solution Tree summarizes key factors about being an effective listener: http://www.allthingsplc.info/wordpress/?p=4017. Communication truly starts by listening. Reflecting on the events during my first month as a principal, listening has been the most significant factor in decision making, having critical conversations, and professional development. There is so much to learn and do well…so I better keep listening. 🙂