My principal doesn’t blog. This flies in the face of what some consider to be a 21st Century principal and what others have eloquently proposed as a must for principals.
The reality is that he doesn’t <gasp> need to blog!
Could he? Absolutely! Would it benefit education? Yes, if it was the type of blogging done by Connected Principals. Would it benefit our community? Maybe depending on the trade-off.
In life, we make trades of our time and the question really comes down to whether blogging would be a better use of time for our principal than…
- Visiting classrooms
- Getting to know and connect with 2,100 learners
- Getting to know and connect with hundreds of educators
- Participating in and attending activities, events, and athletics endeavors by our numerous clubs and sports
- Being active in the community
- Maintaining an open door for advice, support, and celebrations in which many, many take advantage of daily
- Being a voice in educational politics
- Sharing his presence in the moment without distraction of blogs, tweets, etc.
- Attending to the demands of a large, comprehensive high school: meetings!, reports, etc
- Find time for himself and family
Now, this isn’t to say those principals who are blogging aren’t doing those things. They surely are.
They have found their trade-off or have found ways to blend blogging into what they already do. Our principal could surely do the latter by placing memos, website updates, celebratory notices, etc. into a blog. This would look good and he could be known as a “blogger” but when I go back to would it benefit education or our community, the answer is probably not any more than what he is currently doing.
And, if that is the trade-off, I much prefer he keep doing the things that make him an exceptional leader and continue moving our organization down a powerful path of learning and teaching for the whole learner.