Coaching Corner

Volume 1 / Issue 4: Tips, Tools and Resources

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PD Workshops | November 30th

Session Descriptions —> TK-5 District Coordinated PD Sessions 11/30

Click HERE to register on PD Express.

Need support with PD Express? Please contact Jennifer Murphy ([jmurphy@tustin.k12.ca.us]jmurphy@tustin.k12.ca.us | ext. 51372).

Counting Isn’t Just for Primary Grade Students

By Lynsey Gibbons and Kendra Lomax

Learning about counting and number is foundational for young children. In our three previous blog posts (Counting: Why is it Important and How Do We Support Children? Part 1; Counting with Muna; and Counting Activities to Try with Primary Students), we explored the complexity of counting, and we shared activities for supporting young children in learning to count. In this final post, we propose that older children also benefit from opportunities to count and develop ideas about number and quantity. To better understand why we think counting in the intermediate grades is important, let’s first look at how Hamza, a fourth-grade student, worked through a division problem.

Ahmed has 146 pieces of candy. He wants to put 10 candies in each box. How many boxes will he need? How many candies will be left?


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Conferring in Reader's / Writer's Workshop and CGI

Conferring is a way to understand where you student is and what strategy they need to grow. Here are some tips to help with conferring:


  • Make one binder that has all your conferring for Reader's, Writer's and CGI.
  • Use numbered dividers to organize your students.
  • Use leveled conferring notes to help you easily take notes (see below for resource)
  • Plan out your month for conferring. Meet with about 4 students a day.


Conferring Notes:


What to do during conferring? (from Conferring with Readers Authors: Jennifer Serravallo & Gravity Goldberg)

  1. research a student's use of skills through questions and observations
  2. compliment to support and build upon successes
  3. follow up on prior instruction for accountability and depth of understanding
  4. explain a reading strategy by providing an explicit purpose and context
  5. model the strategy to make the invisible brainwork of reading more visible
  6. guide a reader in practicing the strategy
  7. link the strategy to independent reading.


Check out past JOTs:

Math Warm-Up Activities


Google Classroom


Flexible Learning Environments

Tech Tip: Orienting Your SMART Board

Constantly having to realign your SMART Board? Increase the calibration. See directions below.

For more tips on using that SMART Board of yours click here.

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Keepin' It Real

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for each and every one of you. You all work so hard and do so much for your students. I hope you enjoy your break with your families.