Instructional Coaches' Corner
Mentor High School
October 10, 2016
Many thanks to Marie Waltz for this example as seen in the pictures/video provided here.
Team Score Card
Students take on roles as clue giver, guesser, and score keeper. Each round is recorded on this score card.
A student guesser holds a term up for the rest of the group to see in order to give clues while the guesser tries to identify which term it is. In a given time limit the guesser tries to correctly ID as many terms as possible before time is up.
Each team is provided with a different set of terms. After each round, the cards are rotated to another team. Players get new roles and rounds are repeated.
Team Score Card
October 2, 2016
One more note on Google Keep:
(Project Wall shown by Mike Wolski and Becky Frei)
September 26, 2016
Schoology: Using video submissions to assess student performance
See Youtube video below:
September 20, 2016
Because we are all literacy teachers....
CommLit: A Thoughtful, Easy Tool for Teachers
- Materials can be browsed by grade, genre, theme, literary devices, lexile range, and standards!
- Includes paired texts, related media, and teacher's guide with each article.
- Set up classes and have students join with class code.
- Could pair well with discussion protocols.
- Embedded vocabulary assistance.
Check out the video overview below to see an overview with some of the latest updates! (Less than 4 minutes)
May 27, 2016
May 20, 2016
Writing to Foster Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
May 13, 2016
PBL and the Hero's Journey:
May 4, 2016
To organize, save, and share online sites & material check out Diigo!
With Diigo You Can:
Read more effectively with annotation tools as you browse around the web.
Build your personal library in the cloud, with links, pages, notes, pictures etc, never to be lost, and ready to be accessed anywhere.
Say goodbye to broken links and lost treasures The web is dynamic - valuable content you found earlier is often no longer there when needed. Diigo archives the webpages for the links you save.
Provide feedback and catch attention with annotation or screenshots Want to draw attention to a particular paragraph to your Twitter followers? Highlight it and tweet.
Organize your information as little or as much as you want. Diigo provides unsurpassed organization capabilities, with both tagging and lists, to suit different needs.
Share information as much or as little as you want One advantage of storing information in the cloud is that you can share them easily when you want to.
Enable better collaboration on information for any group, large or small. Build a group knowledge repository for your family, your class, your team, or your entire company; each group member can add and subscribe to it, and browse and search it.
Mentor High School Diigo Group
April 27, 2016
Literacy Design Collective(LDC): Open Source Materials to Support Literacy Across Content Areas
On the LDC website there area numerous modules with lessons and materials that include both print and digital options to encourage better understanding by supporting better reading and writing in all areas.
Here are some samples:Close Reading
April 14, 2016
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For Teachers: Using Schoology with an iPad
Click here for a Google doc that provides directions for creating and grading assignments in Schoology. The table of contents has hyperlinks to specific topics so it's faster to find what you're looking for.
For Teachers: Using Schoology with an iPad
March 23, 2016
March 17, 2016
March 10, 2016
Digging Deeper with Rubrics for Writing!
See Tracy Coleman or any of the coaches if you have questions.
What is an EdCamp? To start with, the participants create the session topics!
Click the link below and in 2 minutes and 21 seconds, you'll know all the basics about EdCamp. The is the first year of EdCampNEO and we hope you'll help us make it great!https://youtu.be/I7DwCI7j0Bg?t=1s
March 3, 2016
Wizer is a fun and efficient new way to create interactive worksheets. It offers a variety of tools to incorporate, such as: label a diagram, fill-in-the-blank, open-ended, multiple choice and much more. Data is available to the teacher. It's easy and free. Here is a link to a tutorial: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/wizer-create-interactive-writing.html#.VtXZJZMrJ-U
For assistance, contact Brad Edwards
- Getting started: https://drive.google.com/a/mentorschools.org/file/d/0B8G22QP9r902cGN3UnBia0tUMlU/view?usp=sharing
- Close round of competition:
*Directions for running Quizlet Live: https://quizlet.com/help/test-out-the-beta-of-quizlets-new-in-class-game
Email Lou Sangdahl if you need assistance.
February 25, 2016
Typing with Your Voice in Google Docs
February 18, 2016
Schoology: Using and Creating Badges
Video showing how to use Riddle.com to create quizzes and polls:
7 More Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes and Polls
February 11, 2016
Forbes Article Examining Top Ten Jobs Skills of the Future
- Sense Making
- Social Intelligence
- Novel and Adaptive Thinking
- Cross-Cultural Competencies
- Computational Thinking
- New Media Literacy
- Transdisciplinarity (is that a real word?)
- Design Mindset
- Cognitive Load Management
- Virtual Collaboration
Each of these is briefly addressed in the article found here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2014/05/12/are-you-ready-here-are-the-top-10-skills-for-the-future/#43f8a8845719
February 4, 2016
Writing Skills Essential for All Areas!
So, what IS the difference between doing projects and Project Based Learning anyway?!
January 28, 2016
30 Books for Teachers Recommended on Pinterest!
From Education Technology and Mobile Learning:
"Since its inception last year, our Pinterest board ‘Great Books for Teachers’ has grown so much in popularity with more than 16k followers and over 170 pins."
Read more in this article: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/01/30-great-books-for-teachers-and-educators.html
The basics of PBL are explained in this succinct video. How might this look in your class?
PBL Planning in Progress!
Thank you, Brad Edwards and Bryan Kuhlman for sharing your project in progress!
January 21, 2016
Would the teacher in this TED talk applaud the new strategies being implemented at MHS? We think so! Check it out!
One-page list of Google Mail and Google Calendar Resources!
January 14, 2016
Learning Centers (Stations) for High School
Free-form Station Rotation Blog:
January 7, 2016
Gmail: Instructions for Setting Up Contacts
Take your pick!
Here are the links for the google document and the screencast for setting up Gmail contacts.
- Google Document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lLxExvZ7_Av2143OS76YkCDusTgbZNecY-aNZyg0GpQ/edit
- Youtube Screencast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrNVPVWiCk
Scroll below for more instructions (screencasts)
December 17, 2015
Professional Rounds: Connect with Kirtland Teachers in Your Subject Area!
If you decide to do this:
- email Bill Porter to let him know of your interest by Tuesday of next week, 12/22/15
- let a coach know so we can provide a write-up during or at the conclusion of this experience for your evaluator.
December 10, 2015
Check out Wideo for Easy Interactive Video Options!
- Creates videos which are interactive with links/buttons that take a viewer to more information.
- Great for student projects!
- Create end-of-course reviews.
Below is a quick four-minute video showing how to use this tool.
Interested in sharing rubrics in Schoology?
- See what others have done to get ideas.
- Add your rubric to share with others.
- Copy useful rubrics to your resources: leave them "as is" or edit your copy.
To join the group inn Schoology, click Groups at the top of your home page, click Join, enter the access code provided above. That's it!
December 3, 2015
Ideas for Sharing Information with Your Evaluator for Your Growth Plan:
Need a break from the Reflection Log? As December 15 approaches, here are some other ideas for sharing growth plan progress with your evaluator:
Invite a coach to see an activity or lesson and we will provide a write-up of your work that you can share in your growth plan.
Ask a coach or colleague to film a lesson. Submit the video and/or your own reflection. A coach can partner with you to review the video and/or write the reflection.
Take a screenshot of student results in a formative assessment. Upload the screenshot with an explanation of how the results were used to drive instruction.
Describe examples of how you have shared knowledge, content, and resources with colleagues. (in PLC, PD sessions, tech assistance, etc.)
Provide a student interview. Record a student talking about what they do in class to achieve the desired outcomes of the targeted element.
Upload pictures, student work, results, surveys.
Link Google forms and assessments.
Share student comments.
Have a coach or peer record an interview with you about progress on targeted elements.
Share ways that you sought feedback.
Share ways that you made an effort to help colleagues grow professionally.
Share ways you have supported district initiatives:
worked with Marcia Kish
volunteered to participate in new initiatives
implemented new strategies for the first time
November 24, 2015
Possible Role of a Coach in Your Station Rotation
To assist during planning: with PLC or Individually.
- supervisor of a station or new technology
- lead discussion or preview vocabulary for an assigned A3K article
- other vocab activity
- listen to student presentation or explanation of given concept
- facilitate small group discussion
To help sign-off on student completion of activities/stations.
To provide input during reflection and future planning.
Other? Let us know how we can help!
November 19, 2015
November 12, 2015
November 5, 2015
Schoology: Welcome to The Rubric Group
October 29, 2015
Some Not-So-Spooky Samples of Feedback from Coaches for use in Growth Plans or Personal Development
Sample AThank you so much for inviting me in to see your vocabulary lesson in action! You very effectively used elements of Marzano's six-step process to have students define words, create associations with them, use them, and then play a game with them. Students interacted with new knowledge in a way that was informative, engaging, and fun! I know it takes time to develop lessons in this way rather than using more traditional vocabulary lists, but your students will surely reap the benefits of the time you took planning the lesson and the class time you devoted to having them internalize the meanings of words. Kudos to you, Katie, for your efforts to address the vocabulary building goal and provide meaningful learning opportunities for your students!
First of all, thank you for letting me drop in and visit your PLC. Here are a few things I noticed that have really stuck with me:
- Peggy, in spite of the fact that retirement is coming soon, you are fully incorporating Schoology, Gizmos, and other technologies into your daily lessons. At this point in their career, some stop working at anything that's new.
- Adele, when given a suggestion like the possible use of a Thinglink for your lesson on the microscope, you readily ran with it and had it posted in your upcoming lesson in no time.
- Peggy, I so appreciate your approach to team teaching! You provide a guidance, expertise, and trust by allowing plenty of room for a new co-teacher to participate in all levels of lesson planning and implementation.
- Adele, in spite of being a first year teacher, you consistently bring something to the table in order to build effective lessons for your students and co-teacher.
- Peggy and Adele: Your teamwork is a great! Both of you bring a positive approach to all aspects of teaching and working together!
October 22, 2015
Achieve your desired results!
October 15, 2015
Update: Using Infinite Campus Messenger
SLO Support and Growth Plans
SLO Support: This week everyone received their SLO’s back from the district review committee. If you need support as you revise your SLO, please contact Tracy, Amy, or Lou. We were all part of the committee work and would be happy to guide your through the revision process.
Growth Plans: As you begin to think about the second phase of your growth plan, consider working with a coach. We can be part of your evidence in your plan. Coaches can also help you as you are working with Marcia Kish on station rotation lessons and assist you in developing future plans.
Rubrics in Schoology can be used for assignments and test items. There are hot links at the top of this document that can you take directly to what you're looking for.
Check out ActivelyLearn!
ActivelyLearn is a great resource for helping students dig deeper into any text that is available in a digital format and it provides great data for teachers!
Running document created during the PD session: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13gbYuSgHP-VLGqGh0Vaskc5k2IBet9DjVsV96gjHzhY/edit?usp=sharing
Video recording created during the webinar: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By_A_BDh0GejNmFhYVQySzZhQkU
October 8, 2015
Here are three "fillable" graphic organizers from The New York Times Learning Network that are designed to promote the close reading of text:
This organizer promotes comparison between two texts. It works well for both informational and literary text and helps students see and synthesize connections across two texts. With an emphasis on similarities and differences, this organizer includes elements of Marzano.
This organizer is especially good for informational text analysis in grades 9-12. Depending on level of students-the “who” can lead to credibility, bias, beyond just who is the speaker, the “how” can lead to a discussion of the author’s strategies for conveying information, and the “why” can lead to a discussion of purpose within a content area.
October 1, 2015
- Use to support vocabulary, station rotation, track student progress, include similarities & differences, student "blogs", and more!
- Staff Meetings folder in the High School Blended Learning Course and click on the folder labeled Using the Discussion Feature in Schoology
Ideas for the Calendar feature in Schoology (Chad Russo)
- You’ll be shown how to create a personal calendar just for your use as well as a separate calendar for each prep
- Reference Sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/mentorschools.org/document/d/1UWfUoAU6PPTeV_U0o4rjGE0ZWi2hFF_zIC6h3vnxaZo/edit?usp=sharing
Ideas for using Badges in Schoology (Amy Roediger)
- It is very easy to create and award badges in Schoology. You can use Schoology’s preset badges or design your own to suit your class needs. Maybe you can use badges to track student progress this year. Create a badge for your power standards and award the badge when you see evidence of mastery.
- There is a BADGES folder in the October Staff Meeting folder in the High School Blended Learning Course. Inside is a short video that shows how to create badges, a handout that does the same, and a discussion of how people are using (or hope to be using) badges in their classrooms this year.
Ideas for Tests & Quizzes in Schoology (Brad Edwards)
- Reference Sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/mentorschools.org/document/d/1Pa6OcVQFUy-5Zyme5tWVaRFLwGhPilpmEkyw64dc2Vo/edit?usp=sharing
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmbvKRCqJn8&feature=youtu.be
Ideas for assigning specific tasks to specific students in Schoology (Lou Sangdahl)
- Extra credit, make-up work, modified assignments, students working in groups
- Reference Sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/mentorschools.org/document/d/1aN1RtGpgdrTO1Cq8bL-9Af9Nc8JiTkPfxAlw6mW9dz0/edit?usp=sharing
September 24, 2015
Tip of the Week:
Using Thinglink in Schoology
If adding a Thinglink to Schoology the following steps are needed to make sure the “buttons” or links will be active in Schoology:
Go to your finished Thinglink project.
On the right click the share button.
One of the options here will be Edmodo which is indicated with the letter E. Click this option.
Copy the link provided for Edmodo. (Edmodo will not be used at all, but this link is what works in Schoology.)
In Schoology, under Add Materials, add a link and paste the “edmodo” link. Label any way you would like.
Below is a sample Thinglink from the gallery at Thinglink.com.
What is Thinglink?
September 17, 2015
This is a continuous newsletter with the current week's information at the top. (Last week's notes are at the bottom of this newsletter.)
If you need to find something we’ve shared in a past newsletter, there is no need to remember which week it was posted- just scroll the newsletter to find what you’re looking for.
Need to organize student work that is sent to you? Check out Amy’s directions for organizing student work in a Google folder! Many of us had been taught that all things in a shared folder were viewable by everyone submitting work. Thank goodness there is a way to accomplish a shared folder without sharing all contents with all contributors!!https://goo.gl/zhQQmm
Make Video Interactive!
eduCanon Help Sessions
Brad is planning on being available to help anyone who might be interested in learning how to use eduCanon in their classroom. It is a great tool for embedding questions into any educational related video you might find on youtube. It would be a great tool to use as a station when you begin trying your rotations.Brad will be in H102 in the HUB the remainder of the week from 1-8 MODS and 15-16. Please stop by! Brad would be happy to help with your project. You can also email Brad for other times to meet.
Coaches' Corner Bulletin Boards!
Check out the new coaches’ corner bulletin boards by the copiers in the main office, the I-wing teacher workroom, and B-209. The coaches will use the boards as central locations to put up resources, handouts, and ideas. Feel free to take something off of the board and copy it for yourself while you are making copies for your classes.
Tip of the Week!
Thanks for Reading!
September 10, 2015
You've Come A Long Way, Baby!!
Starting this week, the instructional coaches will have a section of Bill’s Staff Information Page to share information in an effort to streamline our communication with staff members and offer ideas related to instruction. We would like to start with a shout out to all of the staff members who are incorporating strategies and technology that they did not use at this time last year. In thinking about the progress and changes made since last fall, it is amazing to think that at this time last year, staff members did not have Macbooks, renovated rooms, or training in Google, Schoology, web 2.0 tools, Station Rotation, and the Marzano vocabulary strategies. Kudos to everyone who has been willing to not only adjust to these changes but find ways to incorporate all that is new into providing great learning opportunities for students.
- building goals
- growth plans
- or anything else you may want to plan, discuss, or do related to teaching and learning.
The schedule below shows the periods during the day when we can meet or come to your classes. We are also available before or after school. Amy, Brad, and Tracy all teach, and you are welcome in our classes any time.
Which coach do I contact?
Any coach is willing to help you with any topic. In some cases, the coach you contact will depend on the time(s) you want to meet. In order for us to help you without overwhelming you with four people, it is best to contact one coach rather than sending an e-mail to all of us when you have a question or need. We are all eager to help with lesson planning, growth plans, and general technology questions. If you ask a question of one of us that we feel might be better answered by a different coach, we may share the question with the other coach. Please know we all want to help, and we are just looking for the best possible person to meet your needs.