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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lemonade...

In the café of Life, when you’re handed lemons…you make lemonade of course!
Last Friday, a gigantic pile of lemons landed in front of me!  The district I currently work for decided due to budget cuts that they are eliminating all of the literacy and math coach positions.  Here’s where the lemonade part comes to fruition.  I have the choice of two possible lemonade recipes, filling out the transfer paperwork to go straight back to the classroom (simple recipe) or applying for and hopefully interviewing for the “reclassified” more generalized “instructional coach” position (more complicated recipe).  Even if applying for and interviewing for the coach position, if I should not be chosen,  I would still go back to the classroom.   I am thinking of going for the coaching position…I love what I do as a coach but the caveat is the Site Improvement Planning Teams have to make the decision to “purchase” your services with their School Improvement Title I Budgets.  So, that makes me unsure…should I go for the more complicated lemonade recipe-re-applying for the coach position or keep it simple and go back to the classroom?  What to do?  Your advice please?

9 comments:

  1. Sometimes we get the most joy from the complicated recipes. It's not just about the end result, but the steps along the way that are valuable.

    I'm sure you'll know which direction to choose. Keep us posted. Maybe even slip a glass of lemonade as you mull it over. :)

    Best of luck in this new chapter,
    Ruth

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    1. Thanks Ruth! You made an awesome point about enjoying the process of making the lemonade! I turned in my letter of interest and resume today...

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  2. I love the way you look at this issue as a choice of recipes. Only you will know which recipe to follow. Good luck in whichever one you choose. You will know what is right for you.

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    1. Thanks Elsie! I am going for the newly created instructional specialist job...we will see how it goes...

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  3. Wow - quite a surprise with all those lemons! I love your outlook on the possibilities. Think about it and you'll know what is right for you. Best of luck in your decision making process. The even better news is that either recipe allows you the opportunity to be back in the classroom!

    Enjoy the lemonade!

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    1. Yes, back in the classroom... Not a bad end result! I do love teaching!

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  4. your comparison to making lemonade is very apt - We have just been through the same cuts here with Literacy and Numeracy coaches having to find positions back in schools - the good news is in my region it was a happy ending for all - I am sure your decsion will be the right one.

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    1. I wonder what will happen Anne...it all seems so up in the air right now!

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  5. Your positive attitude makes you strong. You will make your own decision. Since you asked for an opinion, here is mine: The classroom will wait for you. If you don't try for the coach position then you will have the wondering of "what could have been" with you forever. Change can be scary but we never know what it will bring. Your lemonade comparison illustrates it well.

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