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No More Learning Target Drudgery

Making learning targets meaningful to first graders was more complicated than I thought. I know the research and understand why kids need to know what they are learning and why...

Affirm, Acknowledge, Ask: A Simple Protocol for Communicating Feedback

How do we let people know how they might improve if they are not ready to hear it? There are many situations in which the signals are clear that feedback...

Finding Reliable Digital Resources

One of the things I love about education is that it is always evolving. When tablets first became the rage all those years ago, I looked for ways to incorporate...

Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Children, I Learned Through Conferring

Have you ever been asked that question, “If you could take only three things to an island, what would they be?” I know my answers change as time evolves and...

Coaching Minute: Keeping Writers in Motion

Ruth Ayres explains the importance of keeping writers in motion and ways in which instructional coaches can empower routines that will help students keep writing.

Coaching Minute: Find a Network of Coaches

Inga Omondi encourages instructional coaches to curate a network of others who are doing similar work.

And Other Duties As Assigned…

One of my favorite lines in my own and many other instructional coaches’ job description is “and other duties as assigned.” It is the gateway and loophole that both expands...

Encouraging Instructional Confidence

Teachers are teachers because they know everything . . . right? Teachers have all the answers. But what happens if we do not? What can you do as an instructional...

Choice, Voice, and Rejoice: Looking Back and Looking Forward

In speaking with my colleagues and “teacher friends” these past few weeks, I keep hearing the same thing again and again. After the year we’ve been through, many teachers are...

A Word to Aspiring Coaches

Not long ago, my district had a few openings for instructional coaches. The openings were an exciting opportunity, as our schools were considering a return to somewhat “normal” instruction after...

Books Need Space

I’ve always personified objects. I grew up on a farm, and on those stifling hot summer days baling hay, I would beg my father to give the tractor a break....

Have a Little Fun and Encourage Colleagues

Instructional coach Inga Omondi offers wise (and fun) advice on how to uplift and encourage colleagues.

Offer a Mirror: How Coaches Empower Reflection

“I don’t know! It’s just that I get in there and I start teaching it, and then things happen…like someone has a connection or someone doesn’t understand a word and...

How Well Do You Know Your Team? Checking In On Our Relationships with Teachers

It’s all about relationships. Take the time to create and nurture your relationships with teachers. Creating relationships is top priority. I recall words such as these flowing repeatedly from the...

Fine-Tuning Our Coaching with an Equalizer Model

When I was a kid, my dad had a component stereo system. In addition to the cassette deck, turntable, and receiver, he had an equalizer. The dials, switches, horizontal fader...

Mantras Matter

Everyone deserves a thought partner is a mantra that anchors my beliefs and guides my behaviors. I say it often. Sometimes in my head. Sometimes in the company of colleagues....

The Daily GIF

Each morning, our school’s administrative assistant, Jenni, sends out an email with the morning’s daily update. It summarizes the day’s staff absences and reminds everyone of any big events for...

Coaching Through the Student Door

The number-one thing teachers never have enough of is time. During pandemic teaching, time is even more precious, because planning tasks take much longer as we all think about how...

Coaching Minute: Principals and the Change Process

Principal Lee Snider talks about the change process with teachers.

The Power of a Confession: What Readers Really Do

Wait time can totally be the worst. Or maybe I should revise that sentence to say that 24 years into teaching, I am still impatient with silence. Two weeks ago,...

Teacher to Literacy Coach Transition

Literacy coaches Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about the transition from being a teacher to becoming a coach.