Success is measured in moments that stick out in your mind and make you smile for the rest of the day. I’ve had a lot of these lately in my professional life. I credit it to working with a group of nine teachers that really show great enthusiasm to work with me, as their coach.
It is such a difference when I walk into the classrooms of teachers that are open to coaching. They smile, immediately tell me what their kids have done that relates to what I have been modeling. These teachers’ kids wave their arms wildly at me anytime they see me, “COACH K!!!” These kids know when I am coming, their teachers make a big deal. The kids know that their teacher is learning too because they are willing to say, “Coach K is teaching me, she is MY coach too!” I am loving these moments lately…
The teacher who admitted she was skeptical about whether or not her students would be able to learn the new strategies I would be teaching, but was incredibly proud of what they had accomplished. She was surprised and delighted and grateful for the work we were doing. A moment to remind me that sometimes teachers need me to show them the possibilities and capabilities of their students.
Another teacher, who after I showed him how I develop reading goals for students and then model their goal in small group strategy lessons said to me, “I never really thought to do it that way.” A moment to remind me that even a small tip can make big gains with earning the respect of a teacher.
The teacher that let me run with the writing pieces we were working on, after modeling a number of days in a row. She was open to my suggestions and ideas. A moment to remind me that when teachers trust in your process they grow and grow and grow.
I am learning that success is measured in moments, not in perfection.