Monday, April 21, 2014
I Like Being a Free Agent
Two years ago I began applying for instructional coaching jobs. I was disappointed when I didn't get hired, but recently I spent some time with our district's instructional coaches and recognized the blessing.
I noticed that the coaches felt the need to represent the district's decisions in the most positive light. I don't. I haven't been happy with the adopted curriculum in places and I have felt free to write my own lessons that meet my students' needs. I noticed they felt like they needed to stick with the plan that was in place.
I know that when I'm bored, my students suffer. I proved myself with a difficult class the first year I worked for my current principal. As a result, she lets me have freedom to teach the standards the way I believe my students will best learn them. I'm in a place where I'm encouraged to be innovative and creative, and I get to turn around and share that with a larger audience on this blog.
I love when a disappointment turns out to be a gift.