Three Years

Three years ago, I began a journey with a staff of teachers in a K-2 building. We traveled the road of developing an understanding and implementation of balanced literacy.

Three years ago, they looked to a basal reading series to teach reading. Now they look for what their children need to learn next.

Two years ago they prompted their students for writing. Everyone wrote to the prompt. Now the students are creating books and telling the story that only they know.

This year was a year of fine tuning and developing deeper understandings.

It was sad to walk out of the building for a final time, but I know that the literacy coaches will support the teachers and continue to guide them. I celebrate the growth of the staff during our three years together.

The day was capped off by the mini rainbow high in the sky. A pleasant way to end the day. A sight to celebrate!



26 thoughts on “Three Years

  1. They are lucky to have had your coaching and guidance for three years. My school seems to be going back to a basal type series. Ahh, I don’t understand why we can’t let our students work/needs guide us?!

    I like the new design of your blog.


  2. What an amazing opportunity to be part of! I definitely miss my days as a Literacy Coach — just this week I shared that when I was a coach, I definitely experienced more joy than any other period in my career. There is just something so amazing about cheering on teachers and seeing them grow and celebrate, and building community that celebrates and grows together. Congrats on a job well done!!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    What an amazing influence you have been in turning around a philosophy of a school. Much to celebrate and be proud of. Love the gift of a rainbow. They always seem to show up just at the right time.

  4. What a fantastic journey you’ve been on for the last three years! Congratulations…and now, somewhere over that rainbow, another journey awaits!

  5. macrush53 says:

    I bet those three years went quickly and the amount of growth sounds incredible. I love that a rainbow welcomed you as you said good-bye.

  6. I’m sure all your work will inspire the teachers to carry on the mission. Hopefully the idea of teaching kids what they need will spread to other schools, too. So glad you planted the seeds!

  7. Judy C. says:

    Quite a journey that you have taken for the past three years. What an accomplishment for you, the teachers and students. And, such a perfect way to end your journey, a rainbow to lead you on to the next adventure.

  8. What a difference you’ve made! I just finished reading How To Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor to my class, and one of the things Georgina learns from Mookie is “Sometimes the trail you leave behind you is more important than the path ahead of you.” You’ve left a wonderful legacy, and you sum it up in your line: We traveled the road of developing an understanding and implementation of balanced literacy.

  9. Jaana says:

    So much accomplished in three years!Beautiful reason to celebrate! Rainbow is the promise of more to come. There are more teachers and students that need your expertise.

  10. It seems as if even though you’re leaving, your teachings and educational beliefs are staying behind. You made an impact on those futuristic kids’ lives. Everyone knows that writing is one of the most important skills to have in life.. If you’re a good writer, you have a good chance of going far. Good for you for helping to spread your passion.

  11. What a change you’ve helped to effect, Elsie. Thank you for describing those important parts in reading and in writing. I imagine you will miss them very much!

  12. It may be sad that one journey ends for you, but the growth of the teachers gives plenty of reasons to celebrate, and knowing that you were there to make it happen should keep you happy for a long time.

  13. What a great job to touch so many teachers that will impact lots of students…we miss you at our school. Love the rainbow ending and the photo. I want to try how you write a few sentences not large paragraphs. I want to try that.

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