Instructional Coach Weekly Update

Week of March 13-17

Strategy Spotlight

It's easy to get to this point in the year and forget about some things you might have done at the beginning of the year or haven't done in awhile. When was the last time you had students:


  • Write a free response
  • Annotate a text
  • Practice highlighting (Write Tools protocol)
  • Use jot dots to write a summary
  • Write and/or answer red, yellow, and green questions about a text
  • Use the Last Word discussion protocol (Write Tools protocol)
  • Have conversations with their peers about a text
  • Practice note taking (Write Tools protocol)
  • Use technology to type something they would typically do on paper pencil/handout
  • Work in cooperative partnerships or groups to complete math problems (or any assignment)


I would be happy to come in and model any of these strategies/protocols or be an extra set of hands in your classroom.

Growth Mindset and Visible Learners

I have now completed Growth Mindset/Visible Learner lessons in 9 classrooms. These classrooms have the CPU Visible Learner poster up in their classroom and can begin referring to it where it fits naturally into daily conversations and teachable moments. If any other classrooms are interested in having me come in and do these lessons with your class just let me know - I have 3 more posters left!


Those of you who have already had me come in, if you would like me to do any follow up work with your whole class or a small group of students just let me know. I could also get you in touch with other teachers who have already taken the Growth Mindset/Visible Learner concepts further with their students if you would like to hear what other teachers are doing.


Below are a couple of stories that I have come across that I believe demonstrate a growth mindset and/or some of the visible learner characteristics that you could show to your students. There are many ways you could have your students reflect after watching a video like this.


...p.s. the one armed basketball player is from Washington, Iowa :)

Next Week

Monday:

  • 10:10 - Modeling writing in 4th grade
  • 12:30-3:00 - PL planning session with Jessica Q, Jon, Ann, and Barbara
  • 3:20 - Blended learning planning meeting
Tuesday:
  • 7:45 - 4th Grade team planning
  • 10:10 - Modeling writing in 4th grade
  • 12:30 - Visible Learning lesson in 4th grade
  • 12:55 - Modeling an intervention in a sp. ed. classroom
  • 3:20 - 3rd Grade team planning

Wednesday:

  • 7:30 - Data team meetings
  • 10:10 - Modeling writing in 4th grade
  • 12:55 - Modeling an intervention in a sp. ed. classroom

Thursday:

  • 7:45 - Staff meeting
  • 10:10 - Modeling writing in 4th grade
  • 12:30 - Visible Learning lesson in 4th grade
  • 12:55 - Modeling an intervention in a sp. ed. classroom

Friday:

  • 7:30 - Special education meeting
  • All morning - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Learning meetings
  • 12:00 - IC's meet
  • 1:00 - IC and leads meeting

A couple of "YET" handouts for students

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