Are We There Yet????????

are we there yet

Last week my wife and I went on a camping trip for a few days. We decided it would be great to take our 3.5-year-old granddaughter with us since we had not had her stay with us yet this summer. We brought her back to our house on Sunday (a 2.5-hour trip), hooked up to the camper, and then went to the campground (another 1.5-hour trip) all in the same day. She did great traveling all that way. A few times on the way she asked that question we all long to hear while driving on a trip……..”Are We There Yet?” We gave the same answer we gave our children, that most of you probably give/gave to your children; almost. Each time she asked we told her “almost”. I am glad she did not reply with “that is what you said the last time”.

I started thinking about that question and school. Are we “there” yet? Where is “there”? Will we ever get “there”? What will we do if we do get “there”? How will we know if/when we get “there”? I think as educators we need to remember those questions. I think about all the things I would like to see our teachers and students accomplish over the new school year or the years to come, and hope they ask the question “am I “there” yet?”

I know as a teacher I never reached “there”. I feel as though I could have done such a better job if I knew then what I know now. I feel bad for the students I had. I don’t feel they were able to get all I could have done with/for them. As a principal with only one years experience, I have definitely not arrived “there” yet. A small part of me says I hope I never get “there”. I hope I am always on this journey of continuing to learn new things and progress as an administrator. I believe if we continue to evolve in our educational practices and continue to do what is best for our students we will not get “there”.

What about you? Are you there yet? Feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Until next time…………Are we there yet? Almost


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Tom Stoner

Christian, Principal, Husband, Father, Grandfather. I enjoy fishing, camping, reading, golf, and spending time with family (not necessarily in that order)

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