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 works with teachers to design a peer observation checklist to ensure everyone shares the same expectations and understanding.
Stephanie Affinito has learned to focus closely on one task at a time and use technology to keep track of all the other things on the horizon.
Melanie Meehan personalizes learning for teachers by helping them develop chartbooks to use in workshops.
Matt Renwick combines principles for productivity with Google tools to organize his 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.
Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher work with reading specialists who are observing individual students to study the transition of skills from targeted support to work in the classroom. The observation form everyone uses includes an engagement inventory and key questions.
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.