As a classroom teacher, I felt bombarded (in the most wonderful way) with feedback. I could listen to students read, hear them talk about books, look at how they solve problems, and confer about their writing. I knew my teaching was working if students were learning. Knowing if coaching is working is more complicated. We collect data towards self-selected goals, but I am one step removed from student learning. The change process takes time. And the more I know, the more I know there is to do and to learn. Sometimes I feel knocked down and discouraged, but then an incredible conversation with a teacher reminds me that we are moving forward.
As I was getting ready to write my post, I read that Nelson Mandela passed away today. This quote seemed the perfect inspiration and reminder for today and the days ahead.