Tuesday, March 17, 2015

day 17: embarrassment or entertainment?

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Today in one of our common plans, I was working with a team of teachers on planning their summarizing unit. Jill planned the whole thing - with teaching points, articles, and assessment, too, but we thought it would be a good idea to actually take the assessment (read the article and write a summary) so we would be more informed as we wrote the rubric.

So we did - and there I was, making a graphic organizer of the info in the text. Then I finished and started to do something else. Jill asks me, "Are you doing another one?" And I said, "Oh, no...I'm just replying to an email while I'm waiting." She's like, "You know, you didn't write a summary, right?" Little People In My Head (LPIMH): Duh.

So there I was, being a good student using my notes to write my article. I'm all proud because I'm writing every detail from the text down, and someone looks over and is all, "That's too long." Everyone else looks over, too...and I'm sure I'm blushing. LPIMH are reminding me of what a summary actually is, and that, I am most certainly NOT doing a good job. I'm feeling so embarrassed that I didn't think this through because both of our admins are in the meeting with us, too...but actually only kinda embarassed.

The thing is that I've built such a super close relationship with this team - they are part of the group that eats together with me every day and we share a Pinterest board and we joke around and challenge each other and listen to one another, too. There's a solid foundation of trust there, and so me (the literacy coach) doing a summary wrong is totally okay under these circumstances. We got a lot done at our meeting, and we highly entertained, too.

So now it goes down in history as a Slice instead of an embarrassing moment I never want to think about :-)


  1. You were just making sure THEY were paying attention, right?! That's what I say to my kids when they catch my typos! :)

  2. You are great! We totally don't hold it against you! I have never heard of LPIMH before, but I love it. Makes you sound crazy! :P

  3. Hi Michelle! Fun Slice! I wanted to stop by to tell you that you inspired me to do the SOL challenge. I'm really enjoying the community, and I know I'm growing as a writer and as a teacher. Thanks!
    Not very fancy in 1st

    1. Hey Deb! Thanks for the comment and I'm so glad you're enjoying the challenge. You really do learn lots from it, don't you? You know it's crazy - you never know where your influence lies! I mean, I know I had followers but not really that anyone was particularly inspired by my ramblings! I truly appreciate the comment and compliment! :-) Looking forward to reading some of your slices!


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