Monday, August 25, 2014

Keep Calm and Call the Consulting Teacher

Keep Calm, and Call the Consulting Teacher
OK.  I'm impressed.  After a fast-paced first week at Hunt Elementary School, these two Consulting Teachers sing songs and are generally bringing sunshine to their world.  Nice idea on the t-shirts, by the way.  Jealous.

Emily reports, "Kathy and I held individual and team meetings with the grade levels to begin to discuss goals for the year. During this time we built relationships and made positive progress on enrolling [teachers] to begin an instructional coaching plan."  

I'm hearing similar stories from Consulting Teachers in every building throughout the district.  One of the most important themes emerging is the emphasis on setting student-achievement goals with classroom teachers.  

After all, today and tomorrow, (TLC grants or not!) Sioux City CSD is focused on the kids!

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day for TLC

It's the first day of school, and you don't have your seating charts made, your lesson plan ready or your schedule memorized. And, that's OK:  you are a Consulting Teacher.

It's the first day of school, but no students will fill your classroom with noisy chatter and eager faces.  And, that's OK:  you are a Consulting Teacher. 

It's the first day of school, and maybe you feel tempted to hide in the front office, or busy yourself with paperwork  and emails.  Don't:  you are a Consulting Teacher.

Instead, be present (deeply engaged) in this moment.  Greet kids in the hallways during every transition period all day long.  Help a confused parent. Look for the lonely or lost (kids or adults) and offer a friendly word of encouragement.  You can do this: you are a Consulting Teacher.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Implementing the TLC

Add this reagent to any system.
Change will occur.

I've lived long enough to know that programs don't change institutions...humans do.  If the Human Element is added to any system, the equilibrium is shifted in the direction of change.  

As the TLC is implemented in Sioux City, the Human Element will need our attention.  Air to breathe, adequate hydration and nutrition, rest and renewal.  Growth.

This reagent will be the catalyst which will drive the reaction.  We just need to get the chemistry right.