Taking time to reflect on my own work, I looked at each phrase and identified where my work fit.
Knows the Way:
Based on state and district initiatives, building improvement goals, student and teacher needs, and my own informal observations, I am able to identify where we are and where we need to head. Throughout the year, I set aside time to check in on the steps we as a building and myself as a coach, have taken toward meeting the goals. Based on the data and feedback, I will make changes to the course I/we are on. I am also willing to admit when I don't know something, and will reach out to my colleagues and PLN for advice or assistance.
Shows the Way:
So much of what I do as an Instructional Coach revolves around modeling, or showing the way. On a daily basis, I am in classrooms partnering with teachers to plan, teach, reflect, or implement an instructional practice. Along with modeling in classrooms, my actions throughout the building and district demonstrate the impact I believe our work is having. In coaching, as in other leadership areas, transparency is vital, so along with showing the way, I have to show the "why."
Goes the Way:
Like most adult learners, when a new district initiative, state program, or change comes around, I like to know the why behind it. This allows me to learn more about the change and grapple with how it will impact the students and teachers I serve, and most importantly how I will continue to be an advocate and ambassador for these stakeholders.
Grows Each Day:
Through professional readings, social media, grad classes, conferences, EdCamps, workshops, MOOCs, and my PLN I have had the opportunity to continue learning, reflecting, and growing every day. By no means am I an expert, but through the aforementioned activities, I strive to increase my knowledge, home my skills, and make a difference every day.
I love to read, and I have to say, Start.Right.Now is a book I will absolutely recommend to colleagues, classmates, and anyone looking to challenge themselves as a teacher and leader!