This week I have been tired. So tired that 3 cup s of coffee have been mandatory to make it through the day. I am pushing myself to make the most of the end of the school year. While I am not a classroom teacher anymore I am still working my hardest to coach to the last bell. Of course coaching looks different this close to the end of the school year than it does at the beginning. I am not necessarily working with teachers to implement new tools or strategies in their classrooms, but there are a number of things that I am doing because May matters.
A lot of what I am doing is working with testing. Scheduling computer carts to be in certain places, administering and turning in AP recordings, and helping the teachers get through the last weeks of school. There has been a lot of items thrown at our teachers that they need to have done and due to weather taking out some PD days, they haven't had a whole lot of time to get it done. So some of the things that I am doing as a coach is just offer help in any form I can. For one teacher, I was able to provide extra hands in the classroom to help her catch up while another allowed me to help collaborate on her professional development work she needed to format and get turned in.
Because teachers are working so hard to focus on making some great learning experiences for students here at the end of the year, it can be hard for them to get a lot of those paperwork and other weird administrative things that pop up at this point in the year. I keep seeing a picture in my mind of the teachers juggling a number of balls in the air and more and more I see my job as just being there to help pick up the ones that fall to the floor and help keep it all going as best I can. So I offer to help with any small tasks that I can to ensure they have the additional time they need to do what they have to.
Of course, I still find a little time to talk to teachers about what they would like to do after testing is over. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) most of our testing takes place at the end of the school year. So trying to get teachers to do new and different things during down time doesn't quite as easy as it is for classes that have some time after their test. The exception to this is the AP classes. So I am hoping to work with some of the AP teachers to try some new things after AP testing ends next week.
The AP Environmental Science teachers have expressed interest in a breakout lesson. I have never created one of these, but I have been looking for an excuse to try. The teachers think it would be a good activity to get students using their critical thinking skills in a different way. It seems to be quite the task to get the materials for this activity affordably. More searching on Amazon, Ebay, and trips to the store will be needed before I can make this activity happen for sure. The suggestion I gave was to use the students to
The AP French and Spanish teachers have also spoken to me about what can be done after AP testing is complete. We have a green screen and a couple iPads that we are looking at using to have students create videos that can be used as demonstrations of vocabulary usage for units in the earlier French and Spanish courses. This will give teachers a way to have some specific content created for their classes and gives the students the ability to be creative and produce material that will benefit students that come after them.