Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to prepare when there is no substitute for your job?

Today was our first day with kids. It was a great day. I am so happy to be working with one of my 6th grade teachers in her all boys reading class. Sometimes literacy coaching can be a lonely job at the beginning of the school year.

Today I was able to cross many items off my to-do list. And that might be a very good thing because I was informed about an hour ago that one of my colleagues most likely has the H1N1 virus and since I was in a meeting with her last Thursday, I may have been exposed. Now I am looking ahead to how I can help keep things running smoothly in the event that I get sick. This planning can't hurt; if I stay healthy, I've just made my life that much easier.

This first two weeks of my job are normally spent testing 5th graders and students in grades 6-8 who are new to the building. After analyzing test scores, I set up interventions for struggling readers in 5th and 6th grade and then I work with the teachers and paraprofessionals who deliver those interventions. In the next two days that testing will begin.

I know from experience how hard it is to keep up with the needs of job when I can't be in the building. A couple of years ago, I was on a jury for a murder trial and I missed several weeks of school. I guess if I could catch up from that, a little flu virus can't slow me down too much!


  1. One thing I learned from all the seminars I attended in my "corporate" (corporate is probably not the correct word since I worked for a government agency) days is to ALWAYS have someone trained to do your job,,,if no one can do your job, there is NO incentive for your agency to promote you.

  2. I don't know that anyone is qualified to do my job! There might be, but training them could be tricky since they'd be teaching all day! Anyway, I have no desire to be promoted, so I guess it all works out.