For reals?

This is a writing activity that will help my day job. Let’s see… how to describe coaching in one word with a brief description beneath…

You start to doubt yourself, you wonder if you really know what you are talking about. Your colleagues resent you because they think you know everything since you have the title of “coach.”

Prompting and probing all day long in an effort to get reflective thoughts will leave you with a pounding headache that does not compare to the worst days of your class going wild.

The body is amazing and if ever you want to see it perform at its peak, take up coaching. The never-ending surprises, constant last minute changes, ceaseless running all over campus, out of control teachers will leave you with a twitch in your eye, odd eating habits, and many sleepless nights.

The surge in anxiety along with reckless eating means bad food is your new best friend. Welcome chocolate, lots of chocolate.

Coach this then coach that. Meet with this teacher, now with that one. Go to this meeting, now go to that one. Plan this and plan that. Don’t know where your head is? That’s ok, no one will notice.

You know how good it feels when you see lightbulbs in children? It is five times better when you see the candles begin to flicker in colleagues.

Don’t know what you will see when you walk in? Imagine your colleague implementing that one strategy you modeled and seeing the impact on all 30 minds…

You can do it one student at a time or 30 students at once.

After a year of coaching, you bet you will have some damn good stories to tell!

Not what I was aiming for, but it is a start.

8 responses to “For reals?”

  1. This list rings true. I try to focus on the joy. Always go towards the joy. 🙂


  2. Lifelong learner is on our list –we learn every moment we are coaching – humbling, inspiring and engaging! Candy is always important!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Clare and Tammy


  3. A cute format! I think “joy” was my favorite… but I also loved “candy”! 🙂


  4. I just started coaching last month… I’m trying for no candy in February.. but I have my doubts! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.


  5. Love the description of the Joy of it!


  6. Even though I am not a coach in a district, I understand each and every point because I go into schools to provide PD. I do love it when a teacher tries a strategy and have an Aha! moment.


  7. Yes, that is a great thought! I want to play with this a bit more…


  8. From self-doubt and despair to confidence and accomplishment. Nice. The unpolished truth about how it feels.
    The format reminds me of one you might like. An ESL adult ed teacher gives this assignment: Tell your life story (or coaching life in your case) by writing a table of contents for your memoir/biography.
    Each chapter has a title and a brief description.
    (That’s it. No need to write the memoir.)

    I’d love to hear some of your damn good stories…


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