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A Quilters’ Workshop

Somewhere in the middle of a quilt-themed balanced literacy unit years ago, I taught myself to sew. Before you think too much of it, all I could really do was...

Coaching Tool: Presentation Binders

In Tammy’s family, we never go out on a hike without our “hiking backpack.” There isn’t anything special about this backpack except that certain supplies are always in it: a...

Coaching Tool: Digital Books

Responsive is the first word that comes to mind when we think about what it means to be an effective coach. We want to listen and be responsive to what...

Unintended Benefits of Recording Minilessons

During a coaching cycle with one of our second-grade teachers, I worked on teaching students how to access prerecorded minilessons on iPads. We planned out upcoming lessons, and either she...

Coaching Collaboration: Visual Note Taking in First Grade

Entering a new coaching cycle with teachers is an exciting time. Teachers bring eagerness and a willingness to try novel ways of teaching skills and strategies, and collaboration is at...

What’s in Your Bag?

What’s in your bag? We are asked this question often.  It may not always be organized, and you might find tea bags or candy wrappers in it, but there are...

Professional Development Planning

Many times after a professional development session, I find myself playing a rewind game in my head—thinking about what I would have done differently, what I forgot to do, or...

CoffeeEDU

One thing we are all searching for is “on-demand” professional development that is relevant and timely. Twitter is a great platform for getting this form of PD. The concept of...

The Power of a Hashtag for Districtwide Reading

We’ve all seen them, the “#” sign with some words behind them. Maybe you’ve seen them as part of a television show or part of a skit from Jimmy Fallon...

Collaborative Brainstorming

“Turn to those around your table and talk for a moment about where your thinking is right now." This is a phrase that I often utter as I lead professional...

The Honeymoon Is Over

“The honeymoon is definitely over.” This is what I heard walking back into my office a few weeks ago after dismissal. Pausing to soak it all in, I realized I’d...

Fostering Change with Student Work

As a literacy coach within my district, I find myself promoting district initiatives that require teachers to take on new curriculum. For some teachers this means letting go of cherished...

Screencasting Professional Development

One of the biggest barriers to professional learning is simply that of finding the time. Teachers have so much on their plate that actually finding time to attend a workshop,...

Coaching Minute: The Walkaway

Amanda Adrian shares the importance of the "walkaway" — narrowing the focus of professional development planning to one critical question in this quick video tip.  

See Their Stories, Not Their Misbehaviors

Picture a glass jar filled with your favorite pens. Imagine every color of pen inside the jar. Red and turquoise, ocean blue and fuchsia, sunshine yellow and neon orange. There...

Implementing New Mandated Initiatives

An emotionally positive learning environment encourages learning by mitigating the big learning inhibitors: fear, ego, defenses, complacency, and arrogance.                                                                                      Edward Hess With a new school year come new initiatives...

Picture It: Reorganizing a Professional Book Library

  We recently began organizing and preparing for the upcoming school year. This is a picture of our professional text library, reorganized with purpose and efficiency in mind. What was...

Taking Breaks

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. Jim Rohn When we lead professional development sessions, we often let participants know that we have an...

What Am I Doing Here?

The yellow school bus pulled up to the front doors of the school, and the teachers eagerly boarded. As we settled into our seats, a microphone switched on and the...

Integrating the Bookroom into Professional Development Sessions

Bookrooms are filled with many learning opportunities, and by browsing the books in focused ways we can build our understanding of text complexity, increase our knowledge of matching books to...

Brain and Movement Breaks for Teachers

Have you ever been facilitating a professional development session and looked out in the crowd to find signs of inattention? Teachers checking their cell phones. Table members engaging in side...