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Monitoring for Meaning Small Group

Clare Landrigan guides a small group of first-grade English language learners in a demonstration lesson. This 13-minute video includes an assessment meeting with the teacher before the small group, the...

Incorporating Kids into Professional Development for Adults

Working in a diverse district, I’m thoughtful about the videos I use with educators. I’ve learned that if the students don’t look like the kids in our classrooms, the learning...

Picture It: Demonstrating Observation Skills

Amanda Adrian (left) sits close by colleague Linda Karamatic during their introduction to reading workshop class for teachers. During the “show it” phase, Linda and Amanda alternate conferring with student...

Who’s the Audience for Demonstration Lessons?

Demonstration lessons are one of the most effective components of coaching, but the purpose of them is often unclear to participants.  Many teachers share with us that initially they thought...

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,...

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...

Coaching the Coach

I believe “Every teacher deserves a coach.”  I believe that every teacher deserves to work in warm collaboration with a trusted colleague, looking closely at her practice or thinking deeply...

Planning for a Demonstration Lesson

Clare Landrigan takes a team of grades 3-5 teachers through the steps of selecting a book for a demonstration lesson.    

Tips for More Effective Debriefing Sessions

We do a lot of demonstration lessons in our coaching work. Lately we have been reflecting on how we structure these sessions. We find the debriefing of the lesson to...

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...

Taking Four Corners of Text Personally

Nothing personal . . . I dislike the phrase nothing personal and try not to use it myself. For some communicators it’s the tag that gets added onto something unsolicited...

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...

Book Hooks

I write this article about the masterful work of Amy Simmons, a teacher in my building.  Her official role is “Instructional Support Teacher,” which means she is in charge of...

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...

Katherine Casey on Coaching in Classrooms (PODCAST)

Katherine Casey shares her latest thinking with Heather Rader on the best ways to mentor teachers in classrooms. Katherine is the author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials. You can visit her...

Katherine Casey on Sharing Blunders with Colleagues (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Katherine Casey explains to Heather Rader why it is helpful for coaches to share their teaching blunders with colleagues. Katherine is the author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials....