Organization is important to every literacy leader. Not only do we need to organize ourselves, but teachers look to us for support structures they can use. One form may help you model conferring with young writers, the next gives you solid feedback at the end of a class and another prompts teachers’ reflection around student work. Finding the right form helps us preserve the tracks of our thinking in professional work.
Dana Murphy too often finds herself feeling like she's begging to go into classrooms. The solution? Create a yearlong schedule and put the onus on teachers to sign up for a coaching cycle.
Melanie Meehan shares practical tips for keeping the focus on students in coaching sessions.
Matt Renwick explains why it's useful to give staff a platform to share any concerns anonymously—even those that might seem trivial at first glance.
Dana Murphy uses visually appealing graphics to entice teachers to enlist in coaching and professional development sessions.
Brian Sepe develops a simple reflection checklist to plan next steps, calm his mind, and transition from school to home.
If we want to teach everyone in the school to be student centered, conference records need to stay with kids. Ruth Ayres explains how this works.
Melanie Meehan finds that the five different principals she works with have different needs and work styles, but using a common agenda template in meetings ensures good communication for everyone.
In this brief video, Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher share some criteria for selecting books for teachers to open doors and conversations.
Literacy coaches Heather Fisher and Kathy Provost talk about how their work with reading specialists has evolved by having the specialists focus on case studies of individual students, rather than spending much of their time focused solely on big data. They share a form they use to help reading specialists hone their observation skills.
In this brief video, Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher talk about the value of trying out a student observation form first within the coaching team before using it in classroom observations with teachers.
Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher explain how the Literacy Master Document has simplified and improved their coaching.
Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher talk about the value of using a lesson planning form with teachers as a shared record of plans, action, and reflection in coaching sessions.
Paper copies here. Paper copies there. Paper copies everywhere. If someone created a children's book for literacy coaches with this refrain, it would be an instant best seller. Heather Fisher and Kathy Provost take on the challenge of creating an electronic master document to increase communication and save a few trees.
Melanie Meehan shares the importance of considering data with teachers at the start of a coaching cycle.
Launching case studies can be overwhelming for teachers and specialists. Kathy Provost shares a form she uses with reading specialists to help focus observations and collect a manageable amount of data to analyze for each case study student.
Kathy Provost focuses the work of literacy specialists through case studies they explore together throughout the year. She includes a helpful form created by the group and a favorite protocol.
Kathy Provost works with a third-grade teacher to plan long-term and daily goals in a coaching cycle in this video.
Matt Renwick shares his favorite online and print resources for PLCs, including templates and surveys for planning before groups are launched.
Gretchen Taylor shares three tweaks she has made to her record-keeping system to ensure she keeps her coaching notes organized and useful for reflection.
Melanie Meehan shares some practical strategies for keeping students engaged that she often uses in demonstration lessons.