By Jane Rogers, IPLI Mentor & Leadership Team Member, and Superintendent of Milan Community School Corporation
Did you know the full moon in February is called the Snow Moon? It is named that because there is usually snow on the ground that adds extra reflection to the moon.
In education, we often lament the full moon,
dreading its appearance because of the suspicioned effects it will have on our
students’ behavior. Perhaps we can change our thinking using some scientific
principles. The moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun.
Actually, it only reflects between 3 and 12 percent of the sunlight that hits
it. From there, whether we perceive it to be bright or not depends on where the
moon is in orbit at the time.
Now, what does this have to do with leadership? Let’s focus on the words “reflect light.” We can choose to embrace a full moon.
You’ve heard of a “cup half full” philosophy?
Let’s have a full moon philosophy, meaning that the full moon allows us
an even greater opportunity to reflect light. We can be the light that someone
needs us to be.
How can principals lighten and brighten a day? Give an extra hug at morning bus duty, take time to listen to an extra story at lunchtime, offer an extra high-five at dismissal time.
Remember that when we as leaders give light, it will help
people find their way. Principals, take an opportunity to reach out to
teachers. Put a brief note in a mailbox
or send an email letting them know how much their work is valued every single
day. Call a parent with good news.
If you light a path for someone, it will also brighten
your path. Enliven your own day by carving out some time just to read a good
book, reflect upon your work, or refresh by spending time with family.
The next time you see a full moon, let it remind you to be
the light that brightens another’s path along our journey together.