Learning Coach Corner

Volume I Issue 6

Great Things Happening in Our Classrooms at West Middle School!

Mr. Forsyth uses Socratic Seminar to engage students in meaningful discussions. This active learning strategy enables students to think for themselves. Through the asking and answering question process students explore the ideas, issues and values of a particular text.

Socratic Seminar Unit Twelve

Student Reflection

Reflection is the process of examining and interpreting work completed or in progress to gain new understanding and make connections. Sample reflection questions here.

Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind chapter 12: Learning Through Reflection.

Strategies, Strategies, Strategies

Lecture and other didactic instructional formats are useful at times for delivering content. There are ways to promote active student engagement when lecture is the selected instructional format for part of the lesson. Strategies such as "two-minute pause" or "Outcome starter sentence" can be found here.


"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

Michael Jordan

Quote Posters

Tech Bytes!

Quizlet: offers flashcards, tests and study games. You can also create your own study sets and track progress.

Google Classroom: designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly.