Learning Coach Corner

Volume I Issue 12

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

― Denis Waitley

Great Things Happening in our Classrooms at South Middle School!

Ms. Coleman's students use Cornell Notes while watching videos on Blackboard. This Avid strategy lets students record information, review and revise information, ask questions to process the knowledge and link their learning to create a summary.

"One learns through processing of information by the brain. Words very, very seldom imprint themselves on the brain; but ones thinking does." -Walter Pauk, creator of Cornell Notes.

Ci3T: Opportunities to Respond

Providing students with opportunities to respond (OTR) is a low-intensity teacher delivered strategy.

Strategy promotes:

  • manage behavior
  • support instruction
  • helps students process knowledge, increase on-task behavior and reduce behavior

There are various ways to provide OTR such as non-verbal strategies Thumbs up/down and green, yellow and red cards. Popsicle sticks require a verbal response (higher risk). You could use this method after students have discussed the answer with a partner to make it a more low intensity activity.

Popsicle sticks

Innovative Learning Spaces

The 5-Minute Festival: Classroom makeovers to engage learners offers short videos on topics ranging from Flexible Learning Environment and Building Positive School Environment to How to make an ugly classroom beautiful. Some great ideas!


A Growth Mindset is the belief that one can develop talents and skills through hard work, strategies and help from others. However, some false growth mindset is happening because not all understand the concept. The three pitfalls addressed in the following article are praising effort alone, blaming the student's mindset and telling students "You can do anything." It also gives insight on how to overcome these pitfalls.

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

Tech Bytes!

Shadow Puppets: ipad or iphone app that allows you to create videos to tell a story or explain an idea. Some of Mr. Barkers students used this app.

"Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it easy and fun to organize the best of the web." Jerri Kemble shared this on the Daily Post.