It's Tuesday and time for Slice of Life! Thanks so much to the entire crew at Two Writing Teachers for hosting this group the entire month of March, and then again, every Tuesday!
As I continue to tap into "joy" as the motivation for my writing, I am also tracking the territories about which I tend to write (and sometimes intertwine). Current writing territories are teaching, family, friends, travel, working with a personal trainer, the quirks of being me. And this post is most definitely about one of my quirks!!!
Many educators have concerns about how best to support children, others have concerns about how best to support adult learners, everyone cares about the well-being of their children (personal families and school communities). Me... I worry about not wearing the same outfit multiple times in the two weeks I am in a building.
Okay, yes, I do worry about supporting young learners, supporting adult learners, and the well-being of my family and friends, but a new issued cropped up when I began my literacy coaching position last year. I noticed that coaching in four different buildings has provided some wardrobe challenges for me.
I realize that this is totally a first-world problem, but a problem nonetheless, and one I have worked to solve. Last year was difficult when I rotated every three weeks to a new building, but this year got very complicated when we adopted a slightly more flexible schedule - 2 week rotations between the four buildings, but this year we can offer PD/ release time/ planning for teachers at a time that best meets their needs, which may or may not fall within the assigned two week cycle. How could I possibly keep track of which buildings had seen which outfits?!
Now, I can imagine some of you are snickering, but when your wardrobe consists of a great deal of black, white, and gray, as mine does, it is sometimes difficult to remember which black, white, or gray combination I put on last.
So my solution - a wardrobe notebook/log. When I shared this with educator friends recently, there was a great deal of laughter. But when they realized I was talking about just 10 days worth of outfits - combinations that were enough different that it didn't look as if I had come to school in the same outfit 2 days in a row - ok, they still laughed...
But, in case you were wondering, the system is working. The wardrobe notebook/log helps track what I've worn in a 2 week cycle and what buildings I was in within that cycle. Does it make me a better literacy coach? Nope. Does it make me happy? Yep.
Hope you have a great week. Happy Slice of Life Tuesday!