Out of office

You’ve got to love Twitter for the stream of ideas that come your way.

This week I saw a post from @Joe_Mazza, an administrator who decided that once per month he would be “out of office” for the entire day, and focus on taking the pulse of the school.

That in itself must be a very good idea for an administrator. For a start, if they are to evaluate teacher effectiveness, they need to be walking through the classrooms regularly. Also they can get more student contact that way, and be more “visible” to students.

But there are also some nice spin-off opportunities that this idea creates. @Joe_Mazza was “out of office”, and so was his camera. He tweeted his pictures, as well as his thoughts, and quotes from students and teachers with the hashtag #NoOfficeDay. That, in itself is good publicity for the school.

Later, he published a Storify recount of his day. This could be published in the newsletter, or on the school website, as a “Day in the Life” account.  Such a post is good publicity for the school, and serves to improve communication between the school and parents. It also showcases the great work of teachers, and acknowledges their efforts and talents.  Surely the effect on students would be similar: they see their learning being celebrated and valued externally.

So, thank you Twitter, for your great ideas, and thank you @Joe_Mazza  for sharing your great idea.

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About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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