As a literacy coach, the first few days of school can feel somewhat awkward. We have not yet started our one-on-one coaching cycles, and we have not yet launched our small group PLCs. What is a coach to do? I helped out in the kindergarten room taking lunch count, I reorganized the Book Room, and I distributed all the student DRA folders and writing portfolios. I compiled a list of first day read-alouds and stacked the books in my office for teachers to grab. I hung some PD posters in the bathroom and copy room. But, where I really want to be is in the classrooms.
So before leaving for the weekend today, I sent the following email to the teachers:
Hello, everyone. I would love to come into your classrooms next week and begin working with you!
I’d be happy to:
- Teach a lesson from the First Twenty Days
- Help you launch writer’s notebooks
- Talk to your kids about Slice of Life writing and share some of my own
- Demonstrate lesson(s) based on the CCSS
- Do a few reading or writing one-on-one conferences together
- Help you form and teach some initial invitational groups
- Practice taking and analyzing running records together
- Do some one-on-one conferences together based on the six systems
- Give a couple of book chats on some great books
- Introduce myself and read-aloud one of my favorite picture books
- Help you get started with Words Their Way
There will be a sign-up form in your mailbox that you can return to me, or you can simply reply to this email. Let me know a day and time that I can come in!
I also put a hard copy of this list in the teacher’s mailboxes. The paper copy also has an “other” option where teachers can write in any additional requests.
I received several requests for support before I even left for the day, and I am so happy to get into some classrooms next week to start forming new relationships with teachers and students.
How do you typically begin your coaching work?