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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Forces of Nature

                                                                                          Image from Force of Nature the earth spinning in orbit With precision,  speed, and grace Mother Nature has her grip upon it un-balancing  the forces in the vast open...

Making Time for Reflection

One of the first things I noticed when I began to work with our 14 elementary literacy coaches was the harried pace they kept. They were asked to do a...

The 70% Rule

When practicing T’ai Chi, doing too much is the same as doing too little.                                                                                    Master Wong Chung-yua As I have progressed solidly into my 40s, my choices of physical...

Starting with Consensus

The people must have ownership in the vision. They need to be enabled to accomplish it. If there is one investment you should make, it is in people.      ...

Mentor Texts for Teachers: Home Is a Place to Begin

Whether it is a grade-level data team, a staff meeting, a special-interest PLC, a session in a conference or EdCamp, or even a deeper dive into writing, I look for...

5 Reasons to Read Grown-Up Books

I got an email containing an update from Rita’s Goodreads account. She had just finished reading Shouting at the Rain. She loved it and gave it a five-star rating. Rita...

Celebration and Reflection for Teacher Growth

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.                ...

Staff Retreat

If you’ve ever flattened on the couch with a bad cold or an overload of exhaustion, the last thing you want to hear from someone is, “You really should get...

The Power of a Rant

“Teachers work so hard each day. They walk out of school burdened with book bags weighted down with stacks and stacks of student papers to read and respond to at...

March Read Aloud Madness

I am always looking for ways to introduce teachers to new books to read aloud to their students. I have given book talks, displayed titles, and even created book tastings...

Open Observations

As literacy coaches, we are always talking about ways to help teachers give ownership to learners. There are constant conversations about opening the door for students to make their own...

Word Study PD: Building on Strengths

I enjoy working out. But I have a not-so-secret hatred embedded in those workouts: push-ups. I can run, deadlift, jump, and lunge with the best of them (okay, that’s an...

Creating the Future

The best way to predict the future is to create it. As teachers arrived in August, we asked them one question: “What is your hope?” Then we watched this short...

Using Video to Step Forward

When leading professional experiences for teachers, I find there is much power in providing opportunities to observe teaching in action. As we reflect on practice, hone our craft, or discover...