Jennifer Jones

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Jennifer Jones is an education support specialist in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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Walk-Arounds: Gathering Data to Test Assumptions

Do you have a tattler in your midst? Not a child, but a teacher complaining about the work habits of a colleague? Jennifer Jones explains her proactive use of walk-arounds to gather data and confront misconceptions.

Stopping and Jotting

How can we be sure the writing tasks we ask of students are meaningful? Jennifer Jones looks at the issues of authenticity and control when it comes to assigning writing connected to reading in workshops.

Sorting Students for Flexible Groups Across Classrooms

Jennifer Jones explains how one team of second-grade teachers formed guided reading groups across classrooms to marshal resources and expand their collaboration.

Walk Arounds: Gathering Data to Test Assumptions

Do you have a tattler in your midst?  Not a child, but a teacher complaining about the work habits of a colleague? Jennifer Jones explains her proactive use of walk-arounds to gather data and confront misconceptions.

From Hearing to Listening

Jennifer Jones finds there is a world of difference between hearing and genuinely listening to the teachers who come to her for support.  She shares some simple questions she uses at the start of professional conversations to ensure she is providing the right kind of response.

Daily Tidbits: Professional Development in Small Bites

Jennifer Jones suggests an easy way to provide bits of useful professional development to colleagues.

You Never Know What You’re Going To Get

When students help us organize materials, we are often pleasantly surprised at the results.

Quick and Thorough: Literacy Coach Conferring Notes

Jennifer Jones finds in a time of budget cuts it is more important than ever for literacy coaches to keep good records of how they spend their time with teachers.  She shares a very simple spreadsheet system which includes content codes and brief notes.


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