I arrived at school this morning excited for a day full of coaching. After assessments in January followed by snow and data days in February, I was looking forward to getting back to what I truly love about being an instructional coach: coaching! But today, it turned out, I totally struck out.
First I went to check in with my 3rd grade teacher. When I walked into her room, I noticed she was writing names on paper bag lunches. “I’m so sorry, I totally forgot we have a field trip today!” she said, giving me an apologetic look.
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On my way back to my office I passed my 4th grade teacher on his way to pick up his kids. “I’m excited to come to your classroom today!” I told him.
“Oh, yeah, actually, we’re just finishing up our on-demand assessment today. But I can still meet after school,” he informed me.
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Next I noticed in the daily bulletin that my kindergarten teacher had an afternoon sub. I stopped by her room to see if she wanted to reschedule our planning meeting. “I’m so sorry, I totally forgot, but I have bronchitis. I just came to do testing this morning. Can we meet next week to plan?”
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Finally at 2:15 I went to my second grade teacher’s room to observe her science lesson, but when I peered in through the window I observed that all the students were independently reading. “I can’t do my science lesson today because our plants haven’t started to grow yet. Can you come tomorrow instead?”
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Good thing there is tomorrow! In the words of Babe Ruth, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”