16 Jun Slice of Life: Just Tell Me
Well there are lots of options.
I know, but just tell me which author you would do.
You shouldn’t pick who I would study, let’s think about an author you love.
I know you are trying to be helpful, but I am so overwhelmed. I just want to be told what to do. Please just tell me which I author I should study.
This slice of life happened over twenty years ago. I was a new teacher. I was looking for an author to study who had a wide range of text complexity to meet the range of learning needs in my class. When I reflect on this slice, I realize that I did not want to be coached in this moment. I just wanted an answer.
As a coach, I want to remember this moment. Do I listen closely enough to know when someone wants me to actively listen versus an answer? Do I give information when asked or do I redirect? Is it wrong to just give an answer? I worry that sometimes, as a coach, I may fall into the trap of not wanting to provide a direct answer. In my effort to respect a teacher’s voice, do I frustrate? How do I balance supporting and empowering in my coaching?
The author Tammy ultimately, after a lot of pleading on my part, suggested to me, was Tomie dePaola. He is an author we both love and continues to be a tried and true!
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I am so grateful Tammy gave me the information I needed. I love Tomie dePaola’s books and I learned an important lesson about listening, truly listening, to what someone is asking for.