Time for the weekly Slice of Life at the Two Writing Teachers blog. Tweet at #SOL14
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I started this year in my fifth year as the Literacy Coach, and two months later, I'm back handling a classroom again. Some things have been amusing, some startling. I soon realized in the early days that I was in a different mindset as a coach than as a teacher. Oh, I'm still coaching, but there are those other things I had forgotten:
First, it suddenly occurred to me that I had to do recess duty! While I don't dislike it, I just hadn't remembered to go.
I have had to re-create the way I take notes for student work and conferences. It's coming back, but slowly. There are many things to manage, and now I have remembered that some days are like the 'whack-a-mole' game at carnivals. Things keep popping up!
In addition to conferring with students, and, like with adults, keeping as quiet as possible, instead of "thinking" something is a good idea and discussing it with colleagues, I have to plan lessons part by part. As I plan, my brain re-activates, and I think, "oh, yeah, that's how I did it."
The constant conversations, interactions, input of information is both helpful and alarming. I am in awe of what I used to do, and am now re-learning.
There is more, more, more. If you are in the classroom, you know! The funniest moment is when, desk piled high, I knew I had returned when I was looking for something, knew that it was somewhere in those piles, BUT WHERE?
A final thought: "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Robert J. Meehan