“You’re the expert!”
I’ve never been comfortable with this statement when people use it to refer to my work as a Literacy Coach. Yes, I have spent years and years studying literacy. I read the research, attend conferences, try out techniques in classrooms, and talk with anyone who will listen (and even a few people who would prefer not to) about literacy practices. But the label “expert” does not sit well with me. To me, the word “expert” suggests a final state, an end, an absolute. I am, and will always be, in the never ending process of learning.
I’m much more interested in the idea of learning with and from teachers and colleagues. For that reason, this teaching and learning from home situation has been really exciting for me. I’m certainly not suggesting that it hasn’t been REALLY hard, but I love the position it puts me in. I am definitely NOT the expert when it comes to distance learning. None of us are. That means we are all in this, side by side, learning as we go, learning from one another, trying, failing, trying again, and getting a little bit better each and every day.
For me, this is the kind of coaching I like best.