I just finished my first round of coaching cycles. (I will post about those in more detail soon.) I took 10 minutes tonight to write a quick thank you note to each of the three teachers I worked with this round. I began each note with “Thank you for inviting me into your classroom for a coaching cycle,” and then I personalized each note. I wrote to Erin about her thoughtful nature and her smart decision-making. I wrote to Rachael about her easy-going demeanor and genuine relationships with the kids. I wrote to Kristin about her willingness to take a risk and try new things in her teaching. I wrote kind words to each of them as a professional courtesy and to increase the likelihood of them entering into a coaching relationship again in the future. But mostly, I wrote kind words to each of them because I meant them.