I was overwhelmed when my Principal and Deputy Principal called me into the office, offering me the position of Acting Deputy Principal while the Principal would be away on a sabbatical and the Deputy Principal stepping up into the role of Acting Principal during Term 2, 2012.
I felt both excited and scared, but embraced this wonderful opportunity given to me.
What a learning curve this was...
I had to learn not to let staff issues effect me personally and only concentrated on the purpose of me being at school, which was and still is, giving my best to the students whom I teach.
I was impressed by the way the Deputy Principal stepped into her role as Acting Principal and was adamant to give her my utmost support as her Acting DP, but above all as a teacher.
In my Year 1 class we had a wonderful and amazing time with our Inquiry unit, using the SOLO taxonomy inquiry model. We learned about endangered species and concentrated on the NZ Kiwi. The students were inspired by this learning journey and literally absorbed the information. A Year 6 student said she thought the 5 years olds were very intelligent because they knew big words about the kiwi.
This positive feedback and watching my students grow and being excited about their learning, gave me enormous confidence as a teacher. I knew I was doing a great job, which was affirmed by my Acting Principal.
I know, however, there are still lots of new thing to be learned. Bring it on - I can't wait!