|Photo by Jim Richardson from National Geographic|
Donalyn Miller, at the same time, started talking about students taking risks with their book choices, and how we, as teachers need to create the environment for them to do so if we want to create lifelong readers.
I pulled over on the side of the busy street. Maybe because I've literally been hit by a deer before, or maybe I wanted to see how this all played out, I'm not exactly sure. But it was worth it because the seven or eight deer on the left side of the street all sprinted across the road, to the right, and stood beside the sole deer. And then they all crossed the busy road together, right in front of me.
Is it an animal instinct to stick up for one another? To take risks for each other? To guide one another? And if so, where do we, as humans and as teachers, lose our way?
Every day, I feel like we are leaving colleagues behind, students behind. We speed through the days and the weeks to cover the content and make sure that we are doing it all right. We're doing a lot right. But sometimes, we have to stop, graze, slow down, and take a risk to go to the other side and help our friends cross the street. Help our colleagues overcome their fears to cross the street. Help our students to cross the street. Walk with them across the street to show them that it can be done. We have to show them that we can do it side by side. We are in this journey together.
I am a coach, a literacy specialist, a teacher, a friend. I need to be better at crossing the street side by side my students and my colleagues. I want to do better and be better. And so I will.