The end of the 2015 school year marks the end of my role as an eLearn Coach for the CEM ICON project. I was in this role for a short 3 years and as the year draws to an end, I am becoming more maudlin.
My role saw me involved in schools in a variety of ways; discussions with leadership groups, small group coaching sessions, whole staff professional learning sessions, mentoring and planning etc. It also allowed me to support the wider network through connections with Learning and Teaching and eLearning networks. I was able to develop and build relationships and in all cases I learnt as much as I was able to offer. I considered it a privilege to be invited to share and learn alongside teachers who are doing amazing things in schools. It was a time of great change in our schools and in the ways technology is being used (but I guess when is that not the case in the past 15 years?). The ability to be agile, to adapt and keep on learning was essential for me but also for all the people I worked with, including my fellow coaches, from whom I learned so much and received a great deal of support and to whom I offer my sincere thanks.
I am glad to say that there were many times when I was able to share my passion for being connected via Social Media and I am happy that the impact of that is obvious when I browse my Twitter and Google+ feeds. The experience has most definitely whet my appetite for developing my coaching skills as I have come to realise the depth of that potential and my lack of knowledge about that whole concept and skillset.
2016 will see me spending more time in my own school and hopefully connected to a few others in some way or another. The potential, as well as the challenges of learning and teaching in modern classrooms continues to energise me.
As I read Edna Sackson’s latest post “To Teachers Everywhere”, I recognised people from my own school, my visiting schools and myself and would like to say “I see you too”