We’re In It Together!

February 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

At the first of the year I put an offer out to any teacher in our district to “live their life” for a week. I was excited when a few teachers actually emailed and took me up on the offer! At first, they weren’t sure what to expect, and didn’t know if they really wanted someone from “The District Office” to spend all that time with them in their classroom. But as we worked side by side together, barriers were slowly broken down. 

 I am a coach.  My role is to help and support teachers. I am not an evaluator!  This is difficult to cut through when I’m housed at the “BIG HOUSE”.  Rest assured, I have no authority or power, other than to motivate!  Motivation for teaching comes in so many forms, but I think that when someone can provide a model and some feedback, it’s motivating to see that teaching need not be “rocket science”  to be rigorous and engaging.

Each of the teachers I worked closely with made me feel so welcome in their classroom.  I loved getting in there and working with the students!  A few of the teachers took me up on my offer to be there all day, others just wanted me for part of the day.  No matter how long I was in their classroom, I think we were able to do some really powerful teaching, and step back to assess What We’re Doing and Why We’re Doing It.  That’s coaching, that’s what I do! 

I was thrilled to get the feedback from the teachers that it wasn’t scary, and it was helpful.  I was also thrilled that we found some ways for them to integrate content and get more bang for their buck throughout the instructional day.  

So where do we go from here?  We’re going through a MAJOR paradigm and culture shift  in education these days.  I’m trying to foster that shift one teacher at a time.  The more we all understand that we’re in this together for students, the easier it will be.  

 

 

 

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