Here I am in the middle of a PD day with a talented, dedicated, seasoned group of teachers. And I am sad. Sad because of how they feel about where we are in education. So many of these amazing teachers are struggling to bring creativity back to their classrooms. With new curricular resources, teacher evaluations, mandated testing, teaching to the script, etc, etc; classroom teachers are figuring out how to stay afloat.
As a literacy coach, I truly believe in the direction our district is moving. I can see how the hard work will pay off. But how can I convince the teachers that this is worth it? What can I do to build them back up? To believe in themselves while embracing change? How can we add “fun” back into the school day while making sure every instructional moment in the school day is tied to a learning target, goal, rubric or scale? Those questions will roll around in my mind as I strive to find an answer.