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COVID: What I’ll Keep

As I write this, we are finishing a year of pandemic life, and we educators have lost a lot: time, instruction, resources, security, and even the surety of activities that...

Soft Starts to Meetings That Build Empathy

The most meaningful professional development opportunities we’ve had have been ones where we’ve learned effective practices to use with kids by doing the work of a reader or writer myself....

Trust Your Tools. Trust Your Teachers

A teacher asked me if she should have her students journal digitally or in print. “Which do you think is best?” she asked. We were meeting for our fall individual...

Virtual Icebreakers: Part 1

In a world of algorithms, hashtags and followers, know the importance of human connection. —Mama Tribe Marketplace I hit the Leave button on the screen, feeling incomplete about the meeting...

Insight Before PD

Our students are not going to outgrow us. We have to become better if we want them to be better.                                              Cornelius Minor In my role as an English language...

Trending Hashtags: Finding Priorities in a Unit of Study

Outside of trust, getting to a goal that matters is arguably the most critical element for any coaching relationship. The goal has to be powerful and student focused, and it...

Cheering On Teachers Through Seasons of Change

Kindness is choosing to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty in others, regardless of whether or not they can find it in themselves. —RAKtivist “I feel like a new teacher!”a veteran...

Hidden Gems: Five Ways to Keep Your Positive Vibes

Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.—Unknown How do you keep yourself so positive in your coaching role? This question has been posed...

Coaching Minute: Language of Reading

In this brief video, Cathy Mere talks with Andrea, a literacy coach and reading specialist, about the importance of common language during debrief sessions when talking about reading.

Creating Savory Professional Development

Ralph Fletcher shares in Joy Write, “Play in writing is not just a nice idea—it’s essential.” Amy Krouse Rosenthal imagined that the perfect fiction writer has a “penchant for collaboration...

Have Coach, Will Travel

I have a confession to make: I secretly pine for the beautiful literacy coaches’ spaces that I see on social media and wish that I could re-create them for the...

Supporting Teachers in Planning an Interactive Read Aloud

Fourth- and fifth-grade teachers have a change in their schedule this year that allows them an additional 30 minutes of literacy time each day, separate from their reading and writing...

Followership

I was sitting down with one of our teachers for his final summative meeting as part of his evaluation. In my office, he showed on his laptop a digital rendering...

Defining Standards Before a Demonstration Lesson

In this video from a third-grade lesson study, Jason DiCarlo works with teachers and specialists to define standards before a demonstration lesson.    

There You Are

If you live near deciduous trees, you’ve probably seen, when the leaves fall, squirrels’ nests lodged high in a V formed where a large branch meets a tree’s trunk. Every...

Prioritizing Presence

I was so excited to be invited to a coaching cycle with Angie. Angie was a strong teacher, the quiet leader type, who was respected by peers and who just...

Feedback That Fortifies

Feedback that fortifies is a critical part of useful formative assessment. It comes at a time when the learner needs it most to improve performance or product. In the most...

Jump Right In and Other Lessons Learned from Remote Coaching

Sit side by side. Read the room. Choose a meeting spot that works best for the teacher. All of these practical coaching tips, gathered over the years and put into...

Competitive Comparisons

We’re deep in the brave new world of remote online learning, and it has revealed a long-kept secret about education: Many of us are quietly competitive and make constant, relentless...

Grade-Level Team Meeting: Student Notebooks

Kathy Provost coaches two third-grade teachers as they consider what students are jotting in their notebooks and how they could make changes before beginning a new unit.    

Find Friends

Lean on me, when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on For it won’t be long ‘Til I’m gonna need Somebody to lean on...