One of my colleagues suggested that the Multipliers Quiz is a great conversation starter for instructional coaches and anyone in a similar role. I usually like her ideas, so this afternoon, I registered at the Multipliers website, and I took the quiz to determine if I am an accidental diminisher.
I scored a 22 which puts me into the land of likely for being an accidental diminisher. Hmmm. The questions that seemed to get me my negative points had to do with having ideas and working hard. I took some time to reflect on this, and I thought about an interaction I had just today. One of the teachers I work with was struggling with the structure of one of the Units of Study writing books, published by Heinemann. These books give detailed sessions for every lesson within a unit, and the minilesson is fully elaborated--even scripted--with a connection, teaching point, active engagement opportunity, and a link. This teacher was looking for a simpler chart, and I suggested that we create one. I also shared the series of videos I've made for each session that teachers can use to see how the minilesson could go or to use with students who miss instruction or need a refresher.
Maybe I was being an accidental diminisher.
Maybe I was making it too easy.
Maybe productive struggle is a good thing.
But it's conference time.
And there's so many other priorities and pressures.
And isn't it my job?
Where's the balance?
This accidental diminisher thing has me thinking. That's a good thing. Maybe sometimes less is more.