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Picture Walks Gone Wild: Supporting Teachers in the Appropriate Use of Picture Walks

Shari Frost grapples with the issue of picture walks that are too long, and how to guide teachers in leading picture walks that are more focused and purposeful.

Coaching Demonstration: Conferring with a Struggling Third-Grade Reader

Clare Landrigan works with third grader Reese as his teacher observes in this coaching demonstration conference.

Coaching Minute: Editing

Heather Rader has some suggestions for editing emails and other important writing in this quick video tip.

Mentor Texts for the Writing Process

Shari Frost shares children’s picture books which are about characters who write. These are wonderful mentor texts for writing minilessons.

Monitoring for Meaning Small Group

Clare Landrigan guides a small group of first-grade English language learners in a demonstration lesson.

How to Start a Writing Group

Do you have a goal of starting a writing group in your school or district? Ruth Ayres provides a step-by-step guide.

Slow Down: The Power of Two-Word Goals

Jennifer Schwanke is a minimalist when it comes to setting goals, and her advice may help you focus your expectations in the new year too.

Coaching Minute: Who I Know You to Be

Heather Rader shares a great phrase to use when building relationships with colleagues in this quick video tip.

Making Time for Classroom Visits

Jason DiCarlo explains why classroom visits are his top priority as a principal, and shares his schedule and prompts he uses while visiting to learn from students and teachers.

The Quiet Power of Language and Learning with Art

Andie Cunningham finds watercolors are the perfect tool for learning in a study group on a dreary winter day.

Coaching Minute: Little Things

In this brief video tip, Ruth Ayres reminds us it's the little things that matter most when it comes to coaching.

No Time for Collaboration

How can teachers and specialists collaborate when they are already stretched so thin for time? Shari Frost presents a case study from fifth grade.

Coaching Minute: Use Soft Words and Hard Arguments

Heather Rader explains the importance of using gentle words when giving honest but difficult feedback in this quick video tip.

Reluctant Teachers and Nonfiction

How do you work with teachers who refuse to change the quantity or quality of nonfiction reading and writing in their classrooms? Jennifer Schwanke has some suggestions.
 

Building Foundations

Ruth Ayres shares a professional development activity which helps teachers think deeply about their beliefs and how they are expressed in practice.

Coaching Minute: Nametags and So Much More

Heather Rader has a terrific suggestion for name placecards at large professional development sessions that can do double and triple duty for facilitators.

Strength in Assessment: A Professional Development Protocol

How can you lead a discussion about assessment without getting bogged down in minutia? Andie Cunningham shares a protocol that sparks participation with the drawback of one or two people (or assessment tools) dominating the conversation.

Coaching Minute: Flexible Plans

The key to successful coaching in classrooms? Ruth Ayres believes it is flexibility and keeping some space in your schedule for the unexpected, as she explains in this Coaching Minute video.

Writing Conferences: The Power of Listening

Ruth Shagoury asks teachers from K-12 to bring back what they learn from one-on-one conferences with students to a study group and finds the students have become the teachers.

Letting Children Lead While Conferring

Heather Sisson works in a third-grade classroom as a coach and practices the delicate art of conferring with young writers.

Coaching Minute: We Are Guests

What does it mean to be a guest in a classroom? Ruth Ayres considers the complex role coaches have as visitors to classrooms.

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