When You Need Words of Wisdom

teacher cartoonEducators in their many roles, often face challenges from many directions.  It is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged when the workplace seems to present multiple problems, challenges and concerns.  The Literacy Coach, or any support role for that matter, is important for helping teachers to find solutions to these problems.

In an ideal world, the Literacy Coach would enter a classroom and see that the teacher has excellent managements skills (of both behaviour and organisation), perfectly aligned curriculum, ample resources and students with adequate background skills.  We all know that no classroom is perfect.  We all know that supporting (or even extending) literacy skills in the classroom is sometimes hindered by more pressing teacher concerns such as; student behaviour, resource development, technical difficulties, learning styles and there are many more.  Therefore, it is important for coaches to realise that while our focus is Literacy (or technology or numeracy or differentiation) that we may need to assist teachers in other areas of the craft first.  Sometimes we don’t need to help with our focus area, we simply need to help the teacher make room for it.

It is easy to become discouraged as an educator.  It is easy to become discouraged as a coach (especially when we are often the only one in the school who really understands what we do and the type of challenges we face).  No matter who we are and what challenges us it is important to have something that brings us joy. We must remember why we are teachers/ coaches.  We must remember that we are not perfect.  We must remember that many have come before us and we must seek wisdom from these people.  I want to share with you some of the ‘quotes’ that help me to see past the challenges and remember what I need to do to solve the problems instead of drowning in them.

“Creativity is Intelligence having Fun.” 

{Albert Einstein}

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

{Oscar Wild}

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

{Dr Suess}

“It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.”

{A League of Their Own}

~Fall seven times, stand up eight.~

{Japanese Proverb}

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in, day out.”

{Robert Collier}

Stay Positive 😉


The Literacy Coach


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