Awdrey's Coaching Corner

It's all about the instruction!

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today's topics

  • Instructional Coaching with Awdrey
  • Coaching focus of the week: Using Assessment in Instruction
  • John Hattie's Visible Learning (meta-analysis of what works and what doesn't work in education)
  • April is National Poetry Month (resources)

Instructional coaching with Awdrey

Have you been thinking about trying a GLAD strategy but aren't sure how to get started? Want to freshen up a YSD Strategy or a classroom routine? Did you have something in mind that you meant to try this year but haven't quite gotten to it? Just looking to change things up a little to help your students keep learning? Now's the time and I can help!


  • Mini-PD session tailored to your needs (for yourself or for a small group)
  • model or co-teach a new strategy in your classroom
  • watch a video of someone teaching a routine you'd like to try (or maybe let me record you--it can be so powerful to watch yourself!)
  • Other ways I can support?


I can't wait to get it scheduled! Let's do it!

Coaching focus--Using Assessment in Instruction

This week's principal walk-through focus is Danielson component 3d: Using Assessment in Instruction. In your Danielson Framework book, you can read more on pages 86-88. My coaching notes are bracketed and in italics at the end of some bullets.

Some highlights include:
  • "Rather than signaling the end of instruction, [assessment] has become incorporated as an integral part of instruction. ...through a skillful use of formative assessment, teachers promote learning."

  • "...teachers engage in continuous monitoring..."

  • "[they] monitor everything going on in the class...the last is the most important; that is, the learning activities, the materials, and the student groups are means the teacher has designed to effect student learning. Whether or not the students are, in fact, learning is essential information for teacher and permits them to make mid-course corrections."

  • Clear outcomes for learning examples: "student writing will improve if the standards for good writing have been clearly explained and strengthened by actual samples of student work." [You have access to this in the Genre Writing section of your Reading Wonders Teacher's Edition.]

  • "Experienced teachers, then, carefully watch and listen to students, who reveal their level of understanding through the questions they ask, the responses they give, their approaches to projects and assignments, and the work they produce." [These don't happen by accident--these teachers have planned and prepared for it in their lessons in order to get diagnostic information throughout the lesson.]


  • "To be effective, feedback should be accurate, constructive, substantive, specific, and timely. Global comments such as "very good" do not qualify as feedback, nor do comments to an entire class about the weaknesses of a few students. Feedback must be informational, drawing students' attention to errors they can correct, and with sufficient distance between current and desired performance such that students have a reasonable expectation of being able to achieve the goal."

  • "...students take responsibility for their learning when they engage in self-assessment against the criteria for success and take steps to narrow the gap. This kind of self-assessment can take many forms, depending on the subject; it includes samples tests and quizzes, problem sets that allow students to look up the answers, and soliciting feedback on their work." [This is a perfect opportunity for YSD 5 Reflective Writing. As an exit ticket, students can reflect on their progress toward meeting a learning target and then set a goal or action step for meeting the learning target. Another idea is to have students go back and review/rework problems or questions they've missed on an assessment and then reflect on how they could have done better on this assessment, such as "my work was messy so I made a lot of little mistakes; next time I will organize my work better so I can keep track of it." Awdrey]

john hattie's meta-analysis

ILT has had some recent discussions about John Hattie's meta-analysis of education research, Visible Learning. Take a look--it's very interesting information and can help us set priorities about what to spend our time and energy on and what might not be worth the effort.

APRIL is national poetry month

Resources for you and your students

Readworks.org

K-12 Poems & Question Sets for National Poetry Month

Each poem, or pair of poems, comes with a text-based question set that can help move your students to comprehension.


Here is a link about Poem in your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016! Thanks for sharing Michele!

https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home

"Learning is one of the few things no one can take from us. Every time we learn, we grow. We become stronger." —Carol Ann Tomlinson