Spring is upon us and experienced coaches are readying themselves for the spring slump. Newer coaches may be surprised by the fact that fewer teachers are lining up for coaching as we near the end of the school year. It’s easy to understand why, when you consider the benchmark assessments, field day, AP exams, classroom celebrations, and everything else that happens after spring break. For those of us who are used to being busy, this time of year can feel disconcerting. Here are some things you might do when entering the spring slump:
- Reflect on your coaching journey. What did you learn and what would you like to try in the future?
- Meet with the principal to begin planning the next year. How can you get stronger as a team?
- Learn something new. What content gaps do you have and how can you learn and grow in these areas?
- Support teachers in their classrooms. Help out with that poetry fest, pizza party, or whatever else is happening. This will go a long way in building relationships with a broad array of teachers.
- Offer mini coaching cycles. Mini cycles are an opportunity to co-plan and co-teach a lesson using student evidence. Some teachers will still be interested in jumping into this type of learning.
- Don’t assume anything! I’ve seen classrooms where teaching occurs right up to the last day of school. Ask around to find out how you can help.
Spring is a time for renewal and reflection. Ending the year noting the growth that occurred is an essential practice for new and experienced coaches alike.