Lately, I’ve been paying very close attention to the way I learn. Anytime I’m in an environment where I’m learning something from a teacher or coach, I study them. I pay close attention to their methods and techniques.
You can become the leader who inspires incredible work and helps your school create literacy reform. You can help teachers transform their practices. I’ve seen it happen, so I know what’s possible. I’ve witnessed teachers who desperately wanted their school to become a “workshop school” so they figured out ways to get funding for professional development, open their classrooms to others to learn, read together, or visit each other’s classrooms. It’s not always the principal or the superintendent who starts the fire.
Before you start book shopping with your class, there are a few things you’ll need to do and set up in your classroom. If you haven’t set all of these up yet (not to worry), you can do them now.
It’s the first few weeks of school, and this is a time where you’re establishing routines and procedures to lay the groundwork and expectations for your class. This is hugely important because without these set — or even if they’re unclear, you’ll have to re-teach them or you’ll later feel frustrated when students are confused about your expectations.