It’s been a long day. As an instructional coach, my job comes with its share of encouraging moments. But sometimes, I feel like I am terrible at my job. Today is one of those days. A new teacher I have been trying to help all year still struggles with classroom management. I know that is not unusual for beginning teachers, but by this time of year, I want her to feel more successful in this area. And it’s one of those things that requires daily committed decisions on her part. I can model, suggest, attend trainings with her, but until she decides to take control, nothing will change. I struggle with how to help her at this point of the year. Do I continue to offer suggestions or let her get through these last weeks and start over next year? I guess I’ll figure it out as the weeks progress.