I have a jar of chocolate on my desk. Right now, it is filled with Rolos and Hershey Miniatures. Last week, it was brimming with Dove milk AND dark chocolate hearts. After Christmas, I filled it with Lindt chocolate truffles that my husband received as a gift and I HAD to get them out of the house. Those didn’t last a week in the jar.
I don’t eat the chocolate. Well, ok, sometimes I eat the chocolate. The jar of chocolate is really for the teachers I work with. Every teacher has to walk by my office to pick their students up from lunch. I’m typically in my office during that time with the door open. Teachers come down a minute or two early to grab an afternoon pick me up. We might chat about literacy, about our personal lives, or just a quick hello while they grab a little treat.
Today a teacher asked me if I kept chocolate in there to get teachers to come in and work with me. Three years ago when I was just starting out as literacy coach the answer would have been YES! Now, I don’t feel that I need the chocolate to get them in the door and start collaborating with me. Collaboration is happening with the goal of increasing teacher effectiveness which will hopeful lead to increased student motivation, engagement, and ultimately achievement. Chocolate just makes the work a little sweeter.