January 31, 2019

“Readers let’s take a look at our anchor chart. Which conversational starter will you use in your discussions today? Choose one and jot it down. This will help keep your conversation going.”  

I was certain that this lesson, or ones like this, were supporting students’ discussions. They were making a decision as to which sentence starter to use, so there was choice. They were using the sentence sta...

November 6, 2018

Our students, throughout their academic lives, have had every important adult they know tell them that they should read.

Yet once they leave school, nearly everyone they meet hopes that they don’t.

This is the paradox I present my students with on the first days of school each year: a confrontation with the reality that, by and large, there are deeply rooted, systemic arguments for everyday people (...

January 29, 2018

“Leadership is about empowering others to achieve things they did not think possible.” - Simon Sinek

In my last blog, I explained the ins and outs of coaching visits from the teacher’s point of view. Now let’s take the perspective of the coach. Whether you are a teacher-leader, a grade level peer, or a coach, there are a handful of things you can do to make these visits powerful growth opportunitie...

January 26, 2018

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” - Oprah Winfrey

Curious about classroom coaching? Wondering what the hullabaloo is really all about? Peer coaching is gaining ground—and it can happen in buildings with or without a coach. Pineapple charts and #observeme are two newer peer-coaching models showing up in schools across the nation. Whether you are considering coaching or have anx...

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