As the year draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my first year as a learning coordinator. This year, I have made a conscious effort to build relationships with our instructional coaches. These relationships cannot be underestimated as our coaches are key to spreading systemic change and impacting student learning across the system.
The importance of cultivating these relationships isn’t something new that I discovered this past year, it began a little more than 2 years ago when I invited approximately 25 coaches to visit my grade 7 classroom over a 3 month period to observe how I integrated technology. However, in my new role, my convictions about reaching out to our coaches is even stronger.
Sometimes, in my day to day interactions with administrators and school staff, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important: our students. When I’m looking for a connection to the classroom, I look to our coaches. They are on the frontline in our schools; they provide me with a direct link to students and curriculum. Just the other day, I briefly joined our coaches as they discussed pedagogy, and highlighted the tech tools that they are using to drive instruction. It’s a relationship that I will continue to foster as I begin to set professional goals for next year and beyond. Thank you IC’s!
— David Carruthers (@pluggedportable) June 17, 2016