Sunday, May 07, 2006

Literacy Coaching Thoughts

It's hard being a Literacy Coach. It means that you need to be "up on" all the latest research and trends in the reading arena. It means that when you are modeling or having collegial conversations, you need to be the best you can be. My favorite time of the year is when I get to go get my "literacy vaccination" at the annual International Reading Association Convention.

Last week, I did just that.

There were MANY highlights. I will try to share some things in the coming weeks. I want to share this quote, though, that my friend Suzi shared with me:

"If you're not drawing any critical fire, you're probably not making a difference at all."

I LOVE this thought. It's hard being a Literacy Coach. Sometimes it does mean that you are in the line of fire. Yet, when we analyze the "fire" it is usually from people who are outside of their comfort zone.

I'm going to hang on to this thought this week.