Learning Coach Corner

Volume I Issue 10

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

-Albert Ellis

Great Things Happening in Our Classrooms at West Middle School!

Mr. Kraus uses iMovies to promote a culture of collaboration, inquiry and co-operation among students. This also allows for students to provide feedback on their classmates' work. Use this strategy to guide students in providing constructive and positive feedback.

Assessment and Learning: Stop Light

Many teachers have a "stop light" in their classrooms to indicate which collaborative level students may use whether it is speaking/moving around freely, working with a partner and/or individual work. Click on the following link to see how it is used as a formative assessment at the end of the lesson!

Stop Light

Strategies, Strategies, Strategies

Ci3T/Connect with Kids and facilitating discussion.

Getting students to participate in group discussion can be a challenge at times. Here is a strategy that will help student participation.

Talk Moves in discussions


Classroom management is not just having strategies to manage students but also a mindset. The following article touches some very interesting points when considering classroom management.

Why I've 'Softened' My Classroom-Management Style

Think sheets can modified to meet your needs!

Think Sheet 1

Think Sheet 2

Tech Bytes!

Plickers: "Plickers is a powerful simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices."