Friday, July 22, 2016

What Did I Do??

What did I do?!?!
The best thing I could possibly have done for myself.

This month my #compelledtribe friends are sharing personal “ooops” that they made in their career that they have grown from. Here’s my twist on the theme.

Last year I found that I could be eligible to get my principal’s license to cover K - 12.  Having spent most of my career at the elementary level I asked for a transfer to the high school.  My request was granted and my dear friends asked “Are you crazy?”  “Why?” “What did you just do?”

I began to panic and think “I just made a HUGE mistake”.  I’m leaving great friends/colleagues, students and parents that I have formed great relationships with, and a job that I was quite confident in doing.

Then I started my new job.  I met my new teammates. I met my wonderful students.  I started to get to know them and their families. They trusted me with their stories and invited me to their activities.  How could these people EVER be a mistake?

I learned a lot last year.  I learned that it’s not a mistake to take a risk, but in fact very important to do so! This blog, being on Twitter, and being a connected educator are all a result of that “mistake” I thought I made last spring.

Do I miss my elementary students?  YES! Do I miss my colleagues?  EVERY SINGLE DAY!  But I can’t regret all the good things that came out of my move!  So to all the wonderful people that I have met in the past 12 months, THANK YOU for making me realize that "mistakes" don't really have to be that after all!


  1. Jodie,

    Keep on making those "mistakes"!! Trying new things and making new connections is what learning (and living) is all about. Sounds like you are doing that very well:) Keep it up and keep on sharing out!


  2. Jodie,
    I can completely relate! After 17 years at the elementary level I moved to the high school level three years ago. Many changes and adjustments later I feel like I am so glad I made the move too. One of the greatest payoffs for me has been constantly seeing kids I taught K-5 walking down the hallway on the verge of adulthood. I hope you continue to grow and enjoy the high school level as much as I have.