I’m celebrating learning today because I’m at Teachers College’s Coaching of Reading Institute. I always know I’m going to learn so much when I get the chance to come here. I am never disappointed.
I am especially celebrating good starts. There’s so much power in a good start.
This morning started with a new notebook, and a session with a title that made me want to shout, “Amen!”
We started with a few minutes of a Ted Talk, and then the amazing Katy Wishow took us through the Essentials of a Learning Community. These are things we know students need in our Reader’s Workshop. . . but they are true for our own teacher communities too:
- Embracing Risk (which means, embracing failure too!)
Ask for help, be vulnerable
- A Shared Spotlight
Build up your team, turn your spotlight to others
- Team Mentality
Everyone gets what they need
- Joy and Celebration
We celebrate with kids, how can we build this with teachers?
When you start a day about coaching with a session about how we need communities to learn and grow, about how we need joy and celebration… that’s a good start to the day. That’s a great start to a Coaching Institute. That’s something to celebrate.
Thanks for the great start, TCRWP!