“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” ― L. Frank Baum
We all remember Dorothy’s words as she sees the land of Oz for the first time. Dorothy was likely feeling a mixture of emotions, from curiosity and wonder, to nervousnes and even fear. Just like Dorothy, I recently found myself transported to a new world (luckily without the help of a tornado). I change jobs and moved to a new school. I am in a similar role as an instructional coach, but feel a little like Dorothy. Not only am I new to the school, but many of my new colleagues are as well.
So, with so much going on, so much to do, and so many needs, what’s an instructional coach to do?
Keep it short, sweet, and supportive:
- Make connections and begin to build relationships with students and adults.
- Focus on establishing working agreements and expectations.
- Stay organized, prepared, and planned.
- Help and support your colleagues.
- Be visible, but not an interruption.
- Smile, say hello, and laugh!
Enjoy the adventure. Get to know the other characters along the way. Learn and grow with each step. Before too long, your fears and nerves will subside. You will look around and realize that you have found your place and that Dorothy was right.
“There’s no place like home!” -L. Frank Baum