Jen Court is an instructional coach in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Jen Court gets creative with using materials for more than one skill to layer in additional phonics instruction and practice. Jen provides a guide to think critically about reusing resources throughout the day and across content areas. Download the Planning Tool for Phonics Lessons.
Jen Court considers whether creating class books is a valuable use of time for today’s young students. As she teases out this question, she realizes class books are a relevant and essential instructional strategy.
Jennifer Court shares the celebrations that propel students to engage in the Young Authors Program.
Inspired by toolkits with math manipulatives, Jen Court created literacy toolkits with the help of her first-grade students. These toolkits grow and change across the year and according to student needs, and they help students “touch their thinking” and become more independent readers and writers.
Jen Court reminds us of the power of reading aloud to students and pushes us to remember the importance of planning to use books to engage students and hone teaching points.
Instructional coach Jen Court takes advantage of the early days of a school year to be present with classroom teachers and create conversations that begin to anchor meaningful professional relationships.
Jen Court plans to fill the first days of first grade with experiences around books. Selecting books carefully to create a sense of community in the classroom from the very beginning is the goal of this first-week booklist.
Jen Court shares how the staff book study of Ridiculously Amazing Schools by Tracey Smith and Jeff Waller transformed their ability as a staff to engage and build meaningful relationships.
Jen Court offers a strategic way to create and support professional learning accountability partners in schools.
Jen Court shares ways in which she uses photos to support conversations to help teachers achieve their instructional goals.
Jen Court strategizes how to craft coaching conversations that will be meaningful and action oriented. She shares questions instructional coaches can use to mold conversations.
Inspired by a stranger on a walk, Jen Court clarifies the importance of sharing our writing lives with others. She identifies three important qualities of a writing community.
Jen Court shares a “sweet” idea for practical and meaningful professional learning. Download a template to tailor professional learning for your school.
Jen Court gives 10 ways for students to share and celebrate their work as writers. Two downloads are included for you to use in your classroom.
Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she supports coaches who are just beginning their work.
Jen Court explains how she works side by side with teachers in this quick video.
Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she works to support better communication about literacy instruction in her school.
Literacy coach Jen Court finds the best way to ease into a cycle with a reluctant teacher is to focus on the students and data. She also works to build a relationship with the teacher throughout the day.
Jen Court debriefs with a second-grade teacher about the interactive read aloud demonstration she just completed in his classroom, as well as how it fits into their instructional plans.
Jen Court completes an interactive read aloud in a second-grade classroom.
Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she is supporting an influx of nine new teachers in her building this year.
Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she collaborates with principals.
Jen Court uses text sets from three authors to help second graders ferret out different elements of the authors’ styles.
Jen Court debriefs with second-grade teacher Logan about the author’s minilesson and how it fits into their instructional plans.
Jen Court shares the way whiteboards and conversation lifted pressure from student writers so they could create poetry.