Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back in the habit...plus an instructional nugget as the school year launches.

I absolutely CANNOT believe it has been almost 2 years to the day since my last post! To be absolutely transparent, the 2014-2015 school year was a highly emotional one. Here's why:

  • Our school had a new principal and our charter was up for reauthorization.
  • I was learning a new grade and helping out 2 teachers new to the school, one new to teaching.
  • I had some health issues that really did a number on my productivity.
  • One of my good friends passed away.
So if that was not enough, I had to go through the proverbial fire and ended up leaving the team to become the Academic Intervention Specialist (AIS) for the 2015-2016 school year.

But only for like a month.

I call it the final great exodus. I expected there to be 3 movements, and there were. That's what happens when a school culture gets rocked to its core. Folks who could not, or would not hang tough resigned and that left a few teaching vacancies...one of which I was asked to fill. I could say more about that, but I won't because it's yesteryear's news.

Well, here we are, 12 months later, and I quasi got my request to be back in the AIS position, except that my title is not AIS, it is At-Risk Teacher. Selah

The bottom line is that I am back to being an out-of-classroom teacher working with Tier 2 intervention small groups and I have a comfy room in the new wing of my school. I am excited about the possibilities and I thought, since I want to get back to documenting my journey, that I would bring you all along for the ride.

My goal is to post 1-2 times per week sharing insights and some every day bits and pieces that will encourage and inspire you as you take a peek through the windows into my classroom.


Now for my first little nugget that I got as I watched this: 

As I grow into my practice as both classroom teacher an instructional coach (on the side), I thought this point towards the end of the video was critical! Dr. Knight stated poignantly that, "If you ignore rapport with professionals, I think you do so at your peril...The best you could hope for if you don't treat a professional like a professional is mediocre compliance...you need impact and relationship." This is definitely a point more for coaches and administrators that pedagogues but it bears keeping in mind.

Well! It's time I got off my butt and headed into the building to collaborate on some room organization work. Thanks for following and sharing...until next time!