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An Open Apology

To: Parents of Students I Taught From: A Teacher Who Now Knows Better Hello, Parents— Your child was just twelve years old when he or she was in my class....

Empowering Teachers to Share: Leading More Powerful Professional Development Sessions

When our new puppy, Kate, joined our family of six, it was a little chaotic. Everyone wanted to teach Kate something. Hannah wanted her to sit and listen while she...

Professional Development and Personality Types

The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.                                                                                  Toni Collette As leaders and coaches the biggest and most important part of our...

Talk to the Text Discussion Activity

Amanda Adrian and Heather Sisson lead a literacy coaching group discussion of an article using the “Talk to the Text” protocol. This is an excellent activity for fostering contributions from...

When Guided Reading Goes Wrong

“Oh, I tried guided reading. It doesn’t work,” reported first-grade teacher Dina. She continued chatting about herself, her instructional program, her students, her challenges, and other stuff. But I can’t...

Coaching Minute: Explore

Heather Rader explains the value of surfing the web with a professional development purpose in this quick video tip. A transcript is available below the player.       When...

Resourceful and Cheap: Professional Development That Sparks Learning and Change

Recently, the balance between teaching and professional development has been way out of whack. The Visionary has erred on the side of overdeveloping us, and we are in meetings every...

Coaching Cycles Matter

As a former classroom teacher, I remember the days, weeks, and sometimes months when I felt like I was standing in a wind tunnel with things flying toward me. Those...

Where Am I Going and How Did I Get Here?

And you may ask yourself What is that beautiful house? And you may ask yourself Where does that highway go? And you may ask yourself Am I right? . ....

Resource Round-Up for Text Types

My colleague Samantha Munnecke and I had just finished facilitating our Introduction to Writing Workshop series when it was time to create a new course and respond to teachers’ content...

Teaching Is Like . . .

Early in the year as I prepared to meet with different groups of educators, I recognized that I needed a quick but meaningful way to build relationships. It was also...

An Ideal Professional Bookshelf: The Important Book for Teachers

This year, our literacy teacher support group is doing a lot of book talk—about favorite books, memories of reading, and current reading obsessions—to help ground us in our classroom practice....

Coaching Minute: Reading Habits

Heather Rader explains why professional reading needs to be a priority for literacy coaches in this quick video. A transcript is available below the player.       Do you...

Writing Conference Role-Plays: Learning to Listen In

In the writing process, the teacher and student face the task of making meaning together. They start on a trip of exploration together. They find out where they are going...

Learning from Students

I have long known that a teacher can render, ruin, or restore a child’s love of reading and writing. On the “ruin” side of things, I think of my brother,...

Classroom Visits for Professional Development Insight

Have you ever seen the people at the mall with clipboards, pestering every person who walks by, asking them for five minutes of their time to take a survey? Have...

Picture It: Mirroring

Askwomen.net defines mirroring as “A powerful tool that enables you to build closeness…Mirroring body language is a non-verbal way to say 'I am like you, I feel the same.’” Here...

Compass Points and Collaboration

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.                                ...

Pits and Peaks

One night, soon after we sat down for dinner, I was surprised when my husband announced that we were starting a new family tradition. He explained that every night at...

Picture It: Live Demonstration

We can tell about it. Better still, we can tell and read about it. Even better we can pair that reading with video in a real classroom. But when Heather...

Systems Thinking and Educational Change

Making decisions can be challenging, and making good decisions that are systemic can be even trickier! Over the past several years I have worked to better understand Systems Thinking as...