My teacher leader friends and I have often pointed out that administrators lose touch with the reality of the classroom within the three years. I have never really believed it because I was teaching. Then, in 2009 I left the classroom. I felt connected to the teachers I was supervising, so much so that I overlooked some procedural trespasses because I understood what they were doing. Over time I became less sensitive to their day to day life. I swooped in, did my 2 hour observation and left.
I recently found out I will be going back to the classroom. As I have been imagining what it will be like I realized I was rediscovering skills and knowledge I had forgotten. I had forgotten the songs I used for transitions, the details of the reading curriculum, even the books I loved to read so much to the kids. Now that I am planning for my classroom it is like am rediscovering old toys in my toy box. Most of these skills and knowledge will still be useful but some of it won’t. I just spent the last hour loading my old “kids” music on my ipod. I went to a classroom today to play guitar for a little boy who made a special request. As I sat there with my guitar in my lap, I couldn’t remember some of the songs.
But, I muddled through. Then I went to the class next door and played the same songs. It was like night and day. The kids had a great time and so did I. If I hadn’t decided to go back to the classroom I might have lost all of those skills and knowledge.
Can’t wait to read the story above to my students.