“How was your day?” my husband asked when he picked me up from school.
“Fine. Nothing out of the ordinary,” I replied.
Today, I conferenced with first and second graders. I found some biographies for a third grade teacher and showed some craft in the writing. At lunch, I dined with two third grade girls, who are more reluctant to write but have stories buried inside that were spoken with the word. I also planned with two fifth grade teachers, suggesting some mentor texts to support the concept. Matt left a note on my desk while I was gone that said, “I want a book.” I checked in with him and observed some book sharing. I answered numerous emails and scheduled some more classroom visits, plus planning sessions. I gathered some Jan Brett books and shared my author study unit with a first grade teacher. Oh, I helped a fourth grade teacher with differentiating some reading lessons for her classroom (and for a college assignment). A student teacher stopped in and asked for a book to use with Junior Achievement, since the JA professional wasn’t coming in. I emailed our librarian for some nonfiction texts for next weeks All About Book unit of study in second grade. My day ended with meeting with four other teachers to discuss a Guided Reading Plus group to support struggling readers.
Yes, today was an ordinary day. I shared many resources, collaborated across grade levels, and supported individual teachers. I focused on struggling readers, helped plan differentiated units, and conferenced with students. I listened. I engaged. I loved. Yes, today was an ordinary day … for a literacy coach like me.