Jennifer Vincent taught students who are deaf and hard of hearing from kindergarten through high school as a hearing itinerant teacher in Chicago. Currently she’s a technology leader in her district and blogs at www.teachermentortexts.com.
Jen Vincent outlines a twist on book talks—the Emoji Book Talks. This is a fast and fun way for students to share books and build their Books to Read lists.
Jen Vincent scaffolds conversations to help students discuss their independent reading books in small groups…even when everyone is reading a different book! Download and print a copy of the guide to support students in their small-group conversations.
Jen Vincent invites all educators to join a reading community by participating in the kidlit version of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Jen Vincent strengthens the authenticity of a share session in writing workshop by building and tending to relationships that honor a circle process that originated in Indigenous communities.
Jennifer Vincent takes on a new role in a new school district. She develops trust with a plan for working with colleagues to set goals and reflect.
Jennifer Vincent shares some of her favorite strategies for helping colleagues describe their core beliefs and values.
Jennifer Vincent explains why the most important norm of all for coaches may be sharing vulnerability and openess in professional development settings.
Jennifer Vincent helps a group of teachers who request suggestions for apps in Spanish. She "zigs" when they want her to "zag" by encouraging them to go deeper into exploring what students need.
Jennifer Vincent reflects on the drudgery and angst that is a normal part of the life of literacy leaders helping others.
Jennifer Vincent finds that classroom visits are a good alternative to surveys when analyzing teachers' professional development needs.
Jennifer Vincent helps two new teachers look critically at their work with families, using research and practical tools to encourage them to grow.
Jennifer Vincent adds ways for committee members to share notes and insights in writing outside meetings, as a way to ensure that all voices (especially those of introverts) can be heard.
Jennifer Vincent uses “compass points” to help colleagues understand differences in learning and collaborative styles.
Jennifer Vincent mines a truly unlikely source for inspiration, and creates a document many teachers can use to express triumphs and struggles with technology.
Jennifer Vincent changes her approach to one-on-one appraisal conferences with teachers by eliminating "digital clutter" and finding other small ways to give those she is meeting with her full attention.