Coach's Corner

Volume 2, March 2015

Purpose Statements

During a January PD session, we reviewed content goals, language goals, tasks, and purpose statements. As discussed during the session, your purpose statements include your content goal and language goal.

Content goal: focused on what you want students to learn
Language goal: focused on how students will demonstrate what they've learned.

Frames to support your work with students:
  • Students will understand that...
  • I can understand that...

  • Students will demonstrate their understanding by...
  • I will show my learning by...

Remember to state and write your purpose as you begin each lesson, it will help students focus on the learning of the day. Also, taking time to go back and review the purpose statement at the end of your lesson will allow you and your students to reflect and determine if the purpose and goal for the day was met.

Instructional Strategies

Spotlight on Productive Group Work

Productive Group Work provides students an opportunity to collaborate together to solve problems, discover information, and complete projects.

Strategy: Cube It
Once students have completed a common reading, they move into their collaborative groups to discuss six questions that are designed to help students create meaning from the text.
  1. Describe It
  2. Analyze It
  3. Apply It
  4. Take a Stand
  5. Reinvent It
  6. Choose a Different Perspective

Productive Group Work, pgs 15-16

Alternatives include:

  • Duet Reading
  • Choral or Echo Reading
  • Partner Reading
  • The Crazy Professor Game
  • Timed/Repeated Readings
  • Reader's Theatre

If you'd like any additional resources or for me to model any of the strategies listed above, let me know!

Tech Tool


If you're looking for a unique way for students to get creative and receive feedback, check out Tackk! With Tackk, users are able to publish their brochures, posters, reports and more! Once a creation is finished, it can be embedded in a KidBlog post or a digital portfolio page, or sent to a teacher or parent. Tackk also has a comment feature, allowing students to receive feedback on their work.

20 Ways to Use Tackk in the Classroom