Carrot On

Romaine CalmThe Romaine part is funny because that’s my middle name, which I sometimes use as my last name, such as when I divorce someone with a long Croatian name and want to emphasize my artistic, independent side.  And I think my rather plastic face is amusing, too.

Truly I love salad.

But “carrot on” is word today.  Not just my slightly too red hair, carrot on additionally means to keep at what is needed and what is aimed for — my goals.

Today, as I prepped tons of LLI pieces because my groups were at awards assemblies, I said aloud to myself, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” Clear and simple.  Romaine calm.

I realized today that I really want a literacy coaching job.  And perhaps several March Challenge bloggers who do those challenging jobs will write to apprise me of any fantasies that it is an easy position.

I am seeking to use my maximum skill set in an environment where educators care about literacy.  I have never been one to shirk or avoid work.

So, carrot on means add my presentation list to and refocus the resume on literacy coaching. Write a cover letter and have my editor daughter wordsmith it.  I’d love to just coach writing, if there was such a thing.

It just feels good to know that I want a change and I want to move and I don’t have to sit around waiting for something to happen to me.  Especially not in my teensy district that just went crazy about budgets.  This blog won’t post on FB because I’m not ready to have my supervisors read my intentions.  However, my retiring principal will write me a recommendation and I have two good letters from great educators.

There’s a teensy voice in the back of my head that thinks I’m too old for a change and that I should just stay put.  But it is not the soulish voice of wisdom.  It is a nervous little voice that didn’t get the romaine calm part of the message.  It never does.  It just frets and worries and runs me down and doesn’t believe in me.  So, piss off, little voice.

Yep.  Today, some of that thinking and discovery drafting I’ve been doing for a month about WIRW (what I really want) produced clear thought.  And direction.

And a project.

6 thoughts on “Carrot On”

  1. Yay for you!! Do not EVER think you are too old for ANYTHING, except mini skirts…there should be an age limit for those, and I think it should be around 22. 😉

    My Dad was in the military for 20 years. He finished his career teaching in the “RAD” lab, where he taught Chemical Nuclear Safety to his classes of soldiers (well over 100 in each class). When he retired, he worked a civilian job for many years that he was not passionate for. Found another that he loved but was eventually laid off when the company was bought out. Finally, he followed his dream of going to college to (dun dun dun) TEACH! He finished a couple of years ago at the age of 55 and is now THRIVING as a reading interventionist for K-3.

  2. LOVE your Romaine calm and Carrot on word play! Very cute apron! As far as coaching, I was a coach in the past and the district changed course and made us data driven principal-and-district lackeys. We ended up gathering data, posting data, leading data meetings, and I hardly ever saw a student! I missed the kids, and I wasn’t helping anyone; I was looking at data all day long. So I went back to teaching — 6th grade — and I love it. My dream is to do professional development as a coach or leader again someday. I really did love creating PDs and presenting — I felt like I made a difference there. But it depends on what the job description is. Good luck to you!

  3. Wow, Your writing is so fun to read. Your thoughts flow so smoothly and your quick wit makes the voice leap off the page. (Can a voice leap?) I’m a current teacher/ former reading specialist and Literacy Coach. I would love to go back to coaching because I love the mix of curriculum, instruction, kid time, and working with adult learners. It is VERY challenging and comes with it own sets of frustrations as I’m sure you can imagine. I don’t regret my years doing it and would welcome the opportunity to do it again, given the chance. It sounds like you have clarity about your decision and a strong plan! Good luck to you!

  4. This is a really fun post. Your T-shirt caught my eye from the get-go. Then the post itself was very witty too. I bet you’d be a great literacy teacher. My Slice of Life was funny this morning too!

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