Follow the Leader

This week is coming to an end with my return from Lesley University. I am part of a cohort for the Effective Literacy Coach Institute.   It’s been an intense week full of learning and insight.  I spent the last six days in Cambridge, MA.  I walked the streets full of curiosity.  This city was unknown to me, and every time I ventured out it was like a new chance to explore and discover.  I think that is the work that teachers do so well – we are curious, we ask questions, we think about the world around us and look for beauty.  March 19
I am filled with a sense of gratitude but also immense responsibility.  This work is so important, and I am so fortunate to work with talented teachers like Jill.  She is truly a master at her craft.  My thoughts returned to her work again, and again and this quote especially reminded me of the great work that happens in her classroom every day.

Children are the heart of every school.  They will reveal their brilliance to us every day, we just have to follow their lead.  Teachers are the heart of every school.  They will reveal their brilliance to us every day, we just have to follow their lead.  We call the work of teachers craft because it is truly a work of art.  There is genuine living beauty in classrooms  That made me think of my role in a new way – What is a coach?  To me a coach is  a muse.  A force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

This week as I walk  down the hallways of my school it will be like I am looking at it with new eyes.  I will look with curiosity,  I will ask open questions so I can learn more and think deeply about the work of teachers.  My work is to inspire the greatness in every teacher.  From whatever starting point.  I choose to believe that  no matter what, there is greatness just waiting to be discovered and to waken the artist who wants to teach.

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