Earlier this fall, Rob Currin asked if I would drop by his room and help him get started using Wikispaces. Kids were streaming in and out, cracking jokes and making him smile. It took about thirty seconds to realize how much he enjoyed his work and how much his students enjoyed his class.

We hopped on his computer and within a few moments, he had an account and a few different ideas for how he planned to use it. On the desk to his left, an abandoned copy of The Buffalo News featured a headline about Twitter.

“Do you know what that is?” he asked me, and I told him that I did. Moments later, he had an account. And then he had a new colleague.

I realized that day that at times, literacy coaching might have something to do with connecting teachers to one another, and as often as possible staying out of the way of what can happen.


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