Coaches Plan Units, Too

Yesterday I attended a training that previewed the learning teachers will do at the start of the year. I was fortunate that my principal attended with me and we were able to begin to make some sense of the year. I will admit that, at first, I found it difficult to project possibilities for teacher…

Coaching IS Teaching

It can be hard to describe just what an instructional coach is and does. For the past two years, this has been the opening line to my context – or welcome-back – letter to teachers. This past spring, it became the opening to my cover letter as I applied to a new school, and it…

Endings

“Are you pretty close to tears today?” someone asked me minutes after I stepped into the building. For a brief moment, I thought about lying. Then, instead, I said, “I don’t get emotional at times like this.” It’s true. “What is wrong with you?” he joked. “I keep it at arm’s length,” I told him,…

Countdown

I’m fairly certain I’ve penned a post with this name before. Also certain: A countdown has never felt so urgent. 8. Weeks (that means Mondays) before summer vacation. 7. Fridays paired with Saturdays spent planning for the week that follows. 6. Asynchronous Fridays before summer vacation. 5. Weeks will follow the newly-reduced state test. 4….

Mind Before Matter

The bird feeder sways back and forth from the branch still spotted with snow. Saturated with spring thaw, the driveway holds footprints from this morning, from this afternoon, from the return home, like they were pressed in fresh concrete. The recliner lays on its side on the porch, having been pushed out of the way…

New Stance Unlocked

Yes, this could be another video game reference, if you were paying attention last night. Or… This could be extension of my “and” series of slices. Because it is true that each year does exactly this: unlocks new stances. Year one (as coach): I am not the expert. Year two (back in the classroom): and…

Brawlhalla

Square: pick up your weapon and strike. Triangle: strike with special split-second power. Ex: jump once, twice,thrice, but any more and you’re out of luck. Circle: not sure yet. It should let you drop your weapon so that you can pick up the bombs that cascade across the screen like snowballs, but nothing consistently does…

Silos in the Stands

Tonight Cam made her high school volleyball debut. Her team of six stepped out on the court and I couldn’t help myself (even though I promised to try). “Let’s go, Rams!” My voice echoed in my head as it bounced off my mask and caught in the back of my throat. This is so weird,…

A Quick Note

“Do you have a preference for when and how I tell people?” I asked. “I can’t think of a way to make this easy.” “Oh, I’m not looking for easy,” I replied. “Nothing about this is going to be easy. I don’t expect it to be.” I made my Thursday-morning lap around the building, stopped…