The Craft

Transforming Teachers as the Caterpillar becomes the Butterfly

14035We teach our students the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. Eric Carle tells the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Readers begin the journey as an egg. The very hungry caterpillar stuffs itself with various kinds of fruit, then discovers delightful, sinful snacks. He grows plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.

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Artwork By: Christy Kroll, tiddlyinks.com

Every teacher, no matter age, experience or demographics of his or her school will go through this transformation. The education industry is conducive to continuous change. As an instructional coach I witness on a daily basis teachers in various stages of this metamorphosis. Teachers approach this in as many ways as the kinds of students they teach (I will get into this later).

But for now, I hope to coach teachers through these changes and guide them on their journey to become the butterfly.

 

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