George Couros September 2010

It is amazing that I have never really “looked” at my desk and how it is set up (other than it is always messy) and thought about why it is set up the way it is.  As a principal, I do my best to communicate with our school community along with connect to others through  in my own Personal Learning Network.  At my desk, you will see that I have my desktop, web cam, headphones, BlackBerry, Ipod mini (yes I have one of those), landline, and usually my iPhone (it took the picture).  I have to ensure that I can communicate with as many people as possible.  With that being said though, with our school parents, it is ALWAYS better to communicate through phone or personal conversation.  I want to ensure that they understand my enthusiasm for empowering and helping their children, and that cannot come as deeply through an email.

I also have so many “codes” and deadlines that are above my desk to ensure that I keep up with the “management” aspect of being a principal.  The management side is my least favourite, but obviously has to be done.  What I do to inspire myself is “pepper” notes, drawings. and cards from students, parents, and staff to constantly remind myself WHY I do what I do. I have the best job in the world!

Although my desk is usually pretty messy, I would rather spend my time visiting our kids than cleaning it up!

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3 Responses to George Couros September 2010

  1. TeachieAng says:

    Love your last statement. I’m always worried about a room that has a clean desk. Who had time to clean? I actually physically got rid of my desk because I used it to pile things on. Now I use a chart with drawers. My daybook is the only thing that fits on the top, each drawer is labelled. I put my materials for each day in each drawer. It works for me!
    Spend time with kids not cleaning!
    (having said that I must say my Hubbie @bharrisonvp has a very clean desk and he visits classrooms daily..don’t know how he does it.)

  2. Pam says:

    I can never seem to achieve a tidy desk – or at least for any length of time. Whenever I do tidy my desk I can never find anything after 🙂 I definitely think you have your priorities right George.

  3. courosa says:

    How come there’s not a picture of your brother Alec on your desk?

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