As I’ve already mentioned, I work at 5 schools in 5 days. There are certainly pros and cons to that set up, but one of the consequences that concerns me is the adage “out of sight, out of mind.” In a few of my buildings I don’t have an established space-only a corner of the teachers’ room or a table in a student services room. In those buildings where I do have a space, I share it with other itinerants. So for the 4 days I am not around, the only physical evidence of my existence is the desk and materials I leave behind.
Today I snapped a picture as I packed up and wondered what my impressions would be if this were my co-workers’ desk. What interests her? What is she working on? What does she value? Is she always this cluttered? Does she ever change her calendar? What does this space say about her?
There’s a lot of talk about our carbon footprints, but this year I’ve thought a lot about my coaching footprint. When I’m out of sight, are my teaching ideas out of mind? Does the spirit of my collaboration live on? What do I leave behind at the end of each day that could buttress the teaching and learning in my buildings? What words or deeds did I offer another that might offer lasting sustenance?
Are the traces of my existence meaningful?
It’s hard to know. We plant our seed and let it grow.