edu180atl: brooke hight 9.17.12
I began this school year knowing that it would be quite a transition, moving from having my own homeroom classroom to working with twelve classrooms as an Academic Coach. As exciting as this transition has been, I don’t think I realized how difficult it would be to not have my “home base.”
In preparation for this new position, I kept reminding myself that I’d be working with many children in many classrooms. But the reality of not having “my own children” has been a bit challenging. I must say, however, today I turned a corner. I was thrilled to receive three unsolicited Pre-First hugs (the very best kind) and countless shouts of “Hi, Ms. Hight” from children as they walked down the hall. It has created a great sense of belonging in me.
Having this new position has solidified my understanding that I am in the field of education for the children. With them is where I work at my best and where I feel the most invigorated and creative. The lesson I have learned is that I haven’t lost my own classroom, but instead gained an entire school’s worth of loving and inquisitive children.
About the author: Brooke Hight (@brookehight) is an Academic Coach for grades Pre-First through 2nd at The Westminster Schools. She is passionate about her work with teachers and students.