Day 68 (of 184) emergencies part deux

Day 68 (of 184) emergencies part deux

It was the best of times it was the worst of times…..

Feeling good after our Christmas Concert and letter Writing Days were completed, I actually said the dreaded words to my secretary: nothing else much big to deal with!!

And then it happened….

My partner teacher came in to say there was some water on the gym floor. It had not been there when I opened the school. So I mopped it up.

And then it happened…

A student came to report that there were three leaks in the ceiling. I went in to check and indeed: three small drips of water were repeatedly landing on the floor. A quick bucket and an email to operations got things rolling. There may be some debate over the value of always having a phone on, but being able to take a video of the leak and email it to the operations department did support the email work order.

And then it happened…

One of the drips had turned into a steady stream. So I went to get another bucket so I could do a swap….but when I got back it wasn’t a stream. It was a mini rain storm.

Another video led to a quick phone call by a maintenance team that was on their way: the video I sent indicated what the problem likely was, and they were able to navigate me to the correct valve to turn a waterline off. At the same time we were able to contact our alar company and fire department to make sure that they wouldn’t come out if there was a false alarm.

And then it happened…

Thanks to some great teamwork, any damage was minimized; the culprit valve was found and fixed; a text to the teachers allowed them to know what was happening in the gym without a global announcement; and the school managed to respond to what could have been a disaster in a very quick and efficient manner.

Not something I could have done myself – the more immediate observations and reports of the situation were invaluable and better than me checking on the situation periodically (every hour or so barring interruptions) and filing a report.

And then it happened….

The immediate descriptive feedback on the scenario led to improved results and quick success. Kind of a big part of the success in any learning scenario. And it works in any environment.

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Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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