Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of reading this book with several classes:
Our aim for this read aloud was to practice building on ideas during discussion and to push our own thinking.
There is a page in the text where instead of looking down (as he had become accustomed to doing) Mr. Morris Lessmore looked up. And, as the case in most turning points, everything changes. At this point during our read aloud there were at least a dozen hands in the air, students ready to share a thought, noticing or theory. I have been blown away by the observations, insights and questions these students have developed and discussed. With each read my thinking grew and changed.
And it got me thinking about my current state. Perhaps I have been in denial but I think I was stuck in a bit of a rut. I miss sharing ideas and trying new things daily. I have always been lucky enough to have supportive colleagues and about 24 students offering me 24 different perspectives and ideas. Working with these classrooms last week helped me realize just how much I valued and relied on their noticings, opinions and feedback. Last week was my turning point, my time to look up instead of looking down in order to move forward. I fully recognize that this is a transition phase: I am in a new role with new colleagues, students and friends. I am grateful for my coaching partner (co-coach, coaching colleague, fellow coach...I don't know?!) and colleagues who will share their perspectives and ideas with me. It is time to share ideas, practice and collaborate more. Time to try new things with different audiences and ask for feedback. It was a necessary reminder about why I do what I do. And I have 8-year olds to thank for this fresh perspective.