She asked my first graders what they think a principal does. I waited with bated breath to hear their responses. I had hoped for something a bit more interesting, but I found their thoughts pretty on target.
The first one said:
"If you get in trouble in class, if you do something really bad, you go to the principal's office."It saddened me a bit to think that their first thought about the principal was about being in trouble. They've only had one, maybe two years, of schooling so far but they've got that completely figured out. One of my goals is to invite all three of our principals in throughout the year so the kids can see them in a different context. Our principal made it down for Dot Day for a bit which was fun.
The second student said:
"The principals are the boss of the school."That's about how I explain their job. I wonder if there is a better explanation for what a principal does.