A few days ago I saw #500c in multiple tweets as I scrolled through my Twitter feed. #500c is a challenge for school leaders to get into 500 (or more) classrooms for informal visits throughout the school year. That's a lot of classroom visits!
When I went through the tweets, most of those accepting the challenge are building principals. They were sharing about how much they've enjoyed being out from behind their desk and in classrooms throughout their buildings and districts.
As I was reading this, I was reflecting on the life of a coach, my goals for this year, and how I wanted to jump in and join the challenge as well. Sometimes, the life of a coach can get computer heavy, especially at the beginning of the year. I've spent a lot of time getting students put into different assessment systems, setting up asynchronous learning opportunities that staff and students use, and making sure our system is ready for the first round of state supported assessments. While all of this is important and must be done, creating online learning accounts and making sure our assessment system is up and running isn't why I became an educator, teacher or teacher leader. I became a teacher because I really enjoy kids and watching them grow and learn is one of the greatest blessings I get to experience as an educator. I become a teacher leader because I feel that my purpose in life is to serve. I want to serve teachers, students, and families. Serving them requires living in the space they learn and grow in!
Every time I walk into a classroom, l learn something new. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many inspired and passionate educators at Benton CSD. When I go back to the classroom someday, I will be a completely different teacher thanks to the many teachers I get the opportunity to observe and learn from in my current position. I also get the opportunity to be coached by my instructional coach team weekly. They teach me so much, push my thinking, and help me understand new strategies, methods, and approaches.
I started my #500c today! Pictures from some of my visits can be found below. I will be sharing pictures from some of my #500c classroom visits on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me at @AnnaUpah, #keyrocks, #BentonCSD or Keystone Elementary to see what I'm learning from teachers at Benton CSD.