Last year the school Librarian, Literacy Coach, and I wanted to find a way to build stronger relationships with the teachers in our school. All three of us are more than willing to help anyone who wants us to work with them, but sometimes it seems like the teachers don't quite know what to ask us to help support them with. It also seemed like teachers needed a time to take a break. So we decided to start Coffee, Cookies, and Coaches (C^3 for short).
The first one or two times we did this was a little slow. But as teachers started to hear about what was happening during these meetings, they started to show up. Okay, they mainly come for the coffee and snacks we provide, but there have been a number of great collaborative lessons which have come out of these events. Earlier this year I was invited to work with three science teachers who were doing an environmental awareness project with their students. The Literacy coach has been able to help teachers with their district required professional development. The Librarian has been able to get some teachers on board for a pilot program we will be starting in March which addresses media literacy.
Once a month during lunch we get to talk to teachers in a relaxed environment about what they are doing in their classrooms. They get to take a little bit of time away from their classrooms and their multitude of tasks to discuss their plans and brainstorm with all three coaches and a group of teachers whom they may not normally get to work with. As an added bonus we choose one person each month to receive the Gnome award. This is just an old cookie jar our Librarian found which we fill with the recipient's favorite cookies as a way to say thank you for letting us into their classrooms.