March 2, 2018
Just like me to skip over introductions the first slice and dive right into whatever fleeting idea comes through my head.
So… by way of introduction… and backtrack…
Here I am in my capacity as one of the literacy coaches for my Massachusetts school district. One of my favorite activities, the yearly new teacher literacy induction annual selfie. One of these years I’ll buy myself a selfie stick and this will be much better looking but perhaps not nearly as fun.
I refer to myself as a literacy coach these days, though others might use reading, specialist, or intervention in my descriptive title. I answer to all, but my heart is in coaching. I want to be a coach. Coaches are funny, inspiring, tough with a soft heart, and mostly successful. Coaches get right in there and inspire others to their best selves. I don’t wear a whistle, but I have been known to sneak some sneakers into my daily look.
I’m in transition. My principal says I can’t say I’m in transition anymore as I have been in this position in Massachusetts for eight years. However, I left at least a good portion of my heart in the Chicago suburbs. My wagon wheels still long for the ruts that were comfortable there including some trails to amazing pizza and frozen custard and hot dogs… and people. I left behind our family including my man-child oldest and so many educators that formed by beliefs and watched my back.
I’ve been an administrator, but my passion is kids. I am energized by them. I adore their talk, their thinking, and their honesty. I have a desk in our literacy center, but you’d be hard pressed to find me there during the school day unless it’s to find you a book.
I consider myself a reader first and never until recently ever entertained the idea I could be any type of writer. I’m not sure what scarred me in my youth, but I’m guessing it was the five paragraph essay. I remember in my undergrad and several rounds of graduate school laboring over writing anything. I wanted to write like I talk and thank goodness this seems to give me an outlet and a forgiving audience to do that.
Technology is my partner. I don’t know what I did before IPads and mobile phones and laptops brought me amazing things like word press and instagram and TWITTER. I was experimenting with text-speech this morning in my car because there is so MUCH wasted time between that commute and when I’m in the shower WHEN I THINK OF SOME REALLY good ideas. It’s frustrating. My handbag and book bag and desk are full of notebooks for blogging, conferring, conferring with students, planning, scheming, and generally keeping track of my day.
So that’s me in a large nutshell. Looking forward to a month of writing with you.
Day 2 of 31 day writing challenge. Thank you to my fellow bloggers for inspiration and encouragement and to TWO WRITING TEACHERS for creating this opportunity. Read more amazing blogs and join the writing here.