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Advice for a New Coach

We have a new instructional coach in our office this year. Four of us share the space, and three of us have been working in classrooms for a few years....

Celebrate the Process

It’s time to celebrate. Excitement is buzzing through the air. First-grade writers are standing proudly by their informational chapter books, pointing out important information for their audience. Parents and other...

Parent Bulletin Board

At a recent meeting with one of the principals I work with, she described how she wants to use some of the bulletin board space in her front hallway to...

Creating a Strategy Tool Kit

During the years I have spent as a writing coordinator and coach of writing teachers, I have developed several instructional tools and strategies that work across grades and genres. I...

Share, Learn, Grow: The PD Bulletin Board

A friend of mine opened a restaurant several years ago, and I remember him telling us how hard it was to wait for people to discover it. He knew he...

Getting Books into the Hands of Teachers

Schools are very busy places, and classroom teachers have exceptionally long “to-do” lists. With everything on their plates, they may not have enough time to search the book room or...

Building Effective Literacy Teams

When our kids were little, I don’t know where I would have been without my husband. I can’t imagine having to make tough parenting decisions alone. We both brought different...

Creating a Digital Footprint

Have you ever Googled yourself? You know, just to see what would come up? If you haven’t, I encourage you to do just that. Put your name in Google, put...

Where the Magic Happens

Jeff Wilhelm was a new faculty member at the University of Maine when I enrolled in his graduate course called Teacher Research many years ago. The signature assignment in this...

Six Ways to Empower Teachers to Write

If we want to teach students to write, then we must understand how writers work. The best way to understand how writers work is to write! When teachers write, their...

Defining Your Role as a Coach

After eight years, my husband and I have settled into our marriage. Balancing the demands of our relationship, our full-time jobs, our two children, and everything else means we have...

Meeting Debrief: Coaching Literacy Coaches

Heather Sisson and Amanda Adrian debrief after leading a professional development session for literacy coaches on the Pause Paraphrase Probe strategy.  

Coaching Connections

Recently I attended an intensive weekend yoga retreat. I spent a full day out of my comfort zone, pushing my limits doing things like boat pose in the air while...

Coaching Tool: Evernote

Each time we meet with a group of teachers, leave a classroom after a coaching session, or finish a workshop, we think, I need to remember ______. Inevitably, we think...

Engaging Not Blaming: Increasing Parent Involvement

“Why don’t we have a good turnout at curriculum night? Don’t our parents care about their child’s education?" It’s human nature, unfortunately, to resist holding up the mirror when our...

Master Class: Mentoring New Coaches

Recently I went to see the play Master Class. The play is based on the life of famous opera singer Maria Callas—specifically, a snippet of her life when she taught...

Becoming a Literacy Coach: Principles and Mission Statements

When I think back to becoming a literacy coach, I can remember worrying about many parts of my new career. How do I develop my schedule? How do I get...

Coaching Minute: Baggies

Melanie Meehan shares her bedraggled baggie—the essential tools she carries with her when she confers with students.  

No Cutting Corners in Coaching

Recently, my husband and I decided to give our bedroom a much-needed makeover. We bought our current home about six years ago, and every summer I have chosen one room...

The Importance of Creating a Literacy Room (Instead of a Tiny Office)

This past spring, I was asked if I would be willing to return to a literacy coaching role in my school. I was in that role for three years before...

Coaching Minute: What’s in My Bag

Melanie Meehan opens her coaching bag to share her favorite on-the-go resources.