Instructional Coach News

Sandrock Elementary

A Fresh Start

Hello, it's been awhile since I've put out a newsletter. I'm working on different ways to communicate my schedule with everyone. Here is a little reminder about how to read my calendar.


Just a quick explanation of my calendar:

Orange would be when I am in classrooms.

Blue is Deep Planning and meetings.

Purple is my prep/plan time for when I'm in classrooms.

Red is time designated for ELL responsibilities.

Green is when I'm out of the building

Gray is time I am available for informal types of coaching. This gives me some time to get things done quickly that have been asked of me (like look at student computers, check in to see if you have SMART Notebook and Reflector downloaded, and any other little things)

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iPad Task Challenge

Popplet Lite Challenge

Popplet Lite is a versatile app that provides a blank canvas to capture your ideas (popples) and organize them in your own way. You can add text, images and drawings to poppies and can email or export completed Popplets. This is a very easy app to use and integrate into your curriculum.

Click here for your challenge!


Don't forget to upload your completed project (might have to do a screenshot of this one) here: Padlet

Tech Camps

Non-Fiction Writing

Picture of the Day... Wonder of the Day... or What's going on in this picture?

Kristi Shepherd and I have been working on implementing a version of this idea with her 5th grade students that I heard about from Ridgeview. (Thanks for sharing Sara Linsacum!)


Nonfiction Writing and integrating pictures to open up or uncover content. Mrs. Greenhow from Ridgeview shared an article this week from the New York Times, 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills. The article, "offers ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills."

Purposefully pick pictures related to what you want the students to uncover or learn about and the nonfiction writing develops as students respond them in meaningful ways.


Currently in Kristi's classroom, we are having students work on making inferences about the picture and supporting them with evidence from the picture. We have made this one of the center activities for a student rotation. I'm excited to take a look at what the students have come up with.


Look below for some possible resources for pictures.