Our County announced this week that they will probably be cutting Math and Reading Coaches for this next year in some schools (probably higher achieving school - ever wonder why they are high achieving?) What are they thinking? I guess poor coaches ARE a waste of money, but if you have ever had a really good coach, you know that they make all the difference. We have a coach like that at Chets Creek.
We so often talk about lifting the level of teaching and we know that this type of one-on-one coaching beside a teacher is the most effective way and yet, when we see it at its very best, we miss the opportunity to grasp that exceptional quality, shine and polish it, and use it. Why is it that the powers that be just keep trying to find the answer in change after sweeping change instead of finding the jewels in its midst and polishing those? Open your eyes. The answer is right in front of you!