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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 in this one-minute video.  

Time In/Time Out Conference: Andrew

In this "time in/time out" conference, Ruth Ayres and Cathy Laker meet with second grader Andrew, who is working on a "versus" story in writing workshop.    

Virtually Coaching a Lesson

I'd known Chad for about two months when his first observation was scheduled. Chad had shared with me that he didn't feel like his new principal understood him. Even though...

Something to Talk (and Write) About

Amy, a literacy coach, invited me to sit in on a first-grade team meeting. She had had a breakthrough with the group and wanted some input for next steps with...

Time In/Time Out Conference: Ava

The Time In/Time Out Conference is a terrific way for coaches to maximize time and reflection in classrooms. Literacy Coach Ruth Ayres and Cathy Laker confer with Ava, a second...

Days of Magic and Wonder: Generating Research Topics with First Graders

mag·ic (noun) — Encarta Dictionary conjuring tricks — conjuring tricks and illusions that make apparently impossible things seem to happen, usually performed as entertainment inexplicable things — a special, mysterious,...

Coaching Minute: Wait for the “In”

In this brief video, Heather Rader shares her strategies for getting into classrooms of teachers who may be hesitant about inviting visits from coaches. A transcript is available below the...

Reading to Students

Three times a year, I offer to be a guest reader in each of the 25 classrooms in our K-5 elementary school where I am the principal. I am quite...

Teacher and Coach Common Quiet Signals

Each teacher has one or more special signals to get students’ attention. When literacy coach Heather Rader began working with second-grade teacher Sean Moore she noted how he asked students...

Picture It: Increasing Comfort with Technology

We know that technology has changed the way we access and use texts in our daily lives. Here you see both teacher- and student-generated ideas for future blog posts in...

Acquiring Knowledge Two or Three Strategies at a Time

“Hey, Papi! What is that crop growing over there?” My dad responds patiently to repeated requests by my nine-year-old son, Jack, to identify exactly what is growing in the fertile...

From Teacher to Coach: Building Community in the Early Days

It's late August and next week I start my position as Instructional Coach. I am not new to working with teachers. I spent six years in higher education working with...

Charting Isn’t Cheating

For the first few years of my high school teaching career, every time there was a major exam I was urged to take down or cover up anything that might...

The Road to Rainbow Magic: Hannah’s Story

A comfortable calm came over the room. It was reading time and students were settling in together and alone. Some were enjoying the solitude of a beanbag chair while others...

Taking the Lead by Teaching

My office had begun to feel like a black hole pulling me in. There were observation reports to write, student discipline issues to deal with and emails waiting for a...

Collaborating When the Going Gets Tough

 When the going gets tough, turn to inquiry.                                                                          Courage to Teach Touchstone I don’t know about you, but when the going gets tough, inquiry is not the first thing...

Personal Conferring Notebooks

How do you effectively and efficiently share formative assessment data between the teachers providing different types of instructional support when the population of students receiving extra instructional support exceeds more...

Jennifer Allen on Working with New Teachers (PODCAST)

Franki Sibberson chats with Jennifer Allen about the joys and challenges of working with new teachers. A transcript is below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What have you found to be...

Jennifer Allen on Working with Veteran Teachers (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Jennifer Allen talks with Franki Sibberson about mentoring veteran teachers. A transcript is included below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What is your role in working with...

Getting the Most Out of Visiting a Colleague’s Classroom (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan chat with Franki Sibberson about how teachers can get the most out of observing a colleague’s classroom. A full transcript is below...

What Coaches Carry (Part 1)

As I prepare to mentor three new coaches this year in different assignments: elementary building coach, secondary reading intervention coach and middle grades math coach, I sit down to have...