My coaching team gave me homework. It’s due tomorrow: What do I believe about coaching? What do I wonder about coaching?
I’m thinking that it won’t quite get the big-thinking job done if I say, “I wonder what I believe.” (Maybe an A+ for creative effort?)
I believe I have a lot to learn. I believe listening is powerful. I believe I need to shut myself up more I believe that silence can be scary, that not knowing what someone is thinking is hard but that listening to understand matters I believe I will need a daily reminder: "It's not about you, Mrs. Thought" so that I won't take things personally and I will lose the ego, be open to everyone's positive intentions relationships matter I believe I will learn much from many amazing people 1 day in classrooms, and I have a list started: "Fabulous ideas to take back to myclassroom!" I believe teachers matter I believe I will love my time with kids too Today I laughed with primary students, and later hugged almost 50 of my 6th graders (yes, they will always be mine!) I believe kids matter (plus they're fun...Scene:classroom mini lesson on surveying text. Teacher asks, "what does 'survey' mean?" Student responds, "It's a type of non-dairy ice cream." ...pause, questioning glances... Teacher asks,"Really, is it?" Student thinks and then says, "Oh. That's sorbet.") Smiling matters, laughter matters, fun matters. I wonder Will I help? Will I be able to focus in? Will I mess up my google calendar? How long will I be living outside of my comfort zone? Since wondering matters, learning matters, and stepping outside of your comfort zone matters... I believe I'll keep wondering.