Brian Sepe is a former middle school classroom teacher. He currently works as a lead instructional coach in Orchard Park, New York to support coaches in his building and develop curriculum and instructional practices.
"Imagine roughly 400 people—staff and students—walking out into the green space on your school campus. Now imagine every one of them with a book in hand. Next, they all take up a space that feels comfortable. Then, they read." Brian Sepe explains how a "reading invasion" is a simple, fun, and powerful way to promote a reading community.
Brian Sepe develops a simple reflection checklist to plan next steps, calm his mind, and transition from school to home.
Brian Sepe struggles in a coaching cycle with an experienced teacher and realizes he has imposed his agenda on the work. His reflection leads to some changes in the ways he collaborates with colleagues.
Brian Sepe ponders the best uses of his coaching time when he is between cycles. He shares three options for building relationships with teachers.
Brian Sepe thinks about what has influenced his coaching, and through that process develops a mission statement and a vision statement to guide his work.
Brian Sepe explores the difference between appreciative and coaching feedback, and why both are essential for literacy coaches to give to teachers.
Brian Sepe uses "voice-overs" (reflecting aloud during demonstration lessons) to help display his thinking to teachers who are observing the instruction.
Are the teachers you work with too overbooked for more professional development time? Literacy coach Brian Sepe finds that voluntary 15-minute sessions before school are wildly successful. He shares tips for implementing these lightning-fast workshops.
Brian Sepe gives the nuts and bolts for hosting book chats for teachers on Twitter.
Brian Sepe works in a school with iPads aplenty in grade 3 and up, but few available for first graders. He works with a first-grade teacher to find ways to showcase young students’ writing using an inexpensive tech app.
Brian Sepe finds video is a wonderful tool for fostering both teacher and coach reflection.