I wanted to share with the blogging world what my job will entail next year. Last school year being my first school year as our middle school literacy coach, I soon found out that the job required me to play many different roles within our school and be incredibly flexible. I team-taught a 90 minute literacy block daily in a sixth grade Language Arts classroom, coached each of the 12 Language Arts teachers during a literacy block once every two weeks, conducted two guided reading groups daily, taught a bi-weekly professional development class on literacy for the 12 language arts teachers in the middle school plus our ELL teacher, an alternative school teacher, and our GT coordinator. In addition, I did the ordering and headed up constructing our middle school book room and maintaining that resource for teachers throughout the year, lead our Middle School Literacy Leadership Team, and organized a summer guided reading program for middle school students reading below grade level to coincide with our district's summer school program. All in all, I would say that it was quite the busy year, but I loved all of the different roles and people I was able to work with on a daily basis. I was NEVER bored, and I really developed a passion and a drive for the work that our staff is doing to get middle school students to read and write. Stepping back and now having a few weeks away from the day-to-day of the school year, the number one thing that amazes me in reflection is how hard we worked as a staff and as a team to implement Literacy Collaborative.
Just to give all of you a little preview of some possible blog topics based on what my experiences will be next year here ya go:
- Teach a section of 8th grade Language Arts. I will be teaching a section of my own this year and going back to the grade that I taught my first four years of teaching before giving 6th grade a try last year. I'm looking forward to going back to working with 8th graders.
- Coach each of the 12 Language Arts teachers monthly during a literacy block. I have my schedule set so that I'll be on a four-week rotation. I will meet and plan with a grade-level one week and then coach each teacher from that grade level the following week. I'm looking forward to giving this new approach a try and hoping that it will give me the big picture of what is happening at each grade level so that I can be as helpful as possible to the teachers I work with.
- Teach ongoing literacy professional development monthly to the 12 LA teachers.
- Teach a professional development class for the special education teachers at the middle school so that they can come into classrooms and best support the literacy framework.
- Teach an initial literacy training class to a group of high school teachers geared toward content literacy. Teachers taking this class will be from a variety of content-areas, so I'm really looking forward to the discussions we will have on how to bring reading and writing strategies, constructive and inquiry-based teaching, and whole group, small group, and individualized instruction into a variety of high school classrooms. This is an area that is not well-paved so to speak, so it's really exciting to venture into this territory and start this journey with an awesome and eager group of high school teachers.
- Lead the Middle School Literacy Team.
- Provide guided reading and possibly reading intervention depending on how/what fits into my schedule.
Oh yeah....I'm also starting my Master's in the fall. You know that deep breath I talked about at the beginning of this blog post, I'm now beginning to hyperventilate after putting this into list form. :) I'm currently thankful for the organizational skills that I inherited from my mom and the drive and enthusiasm that was instilled in me through my literacy coach training at Lesley. I know that these things will definitely help! :)
But for now, it's summer, I just got new living room furniture which is quite exciting and comfortable, and there are three running races and a good friend's wedding on my agenda over the next couple of weeks. I see daily runs, lake time, celebration, and beautiful Wisconsin summer sun in my future. Although I could look ahead, embracing the present is so important as well.
I hope all of you out there are having your summer get off to a fantastic start! Enjoy and relax!!