Coaches Corner

with Frank Gasc

Spreading the Word

As literacy coach I have had the opportunity to peruse a variety of resources and have also been connecting with literacy coaches in other schools. I have created this flyer to try and share some of the resources and ideas I have come across in hopes that you may find them useful in your own classrooms. In addition, have a look at the site I used to create the flyer. It could be a great media literacy resource in your classroom and it's totally free!!

Numeracy and Literacy

Problem Solving Graphic Organizers

There are a wide range of graphic organizers available to support students in Problem Solving. If you are interested in trying some of the available organizers, please feel free to contact me and I can pass them along. I would send them all to everyone but there are several that are available and depending on your focus or purpose you will want to choose one that bests support that. For instance, when using the organizers, it has been observed that students struggle mostly with the concept of justifying their answer. If you notice this about your own students, you may want to access the graphic organizer that was designed to encourage students to be more reflective about their calculations. It offers more opportunity to contemplate reasonableness of their answers thereby leading them to a more natural "justifying" statement at the end of the problem. In addition, it is helpful to connect the idea of justifying to estimation and reasonableness!

Literacy Goodies!

You have the opportunity to access PD money through SCETF now. One of the ways to use this money is to purchase resources for professional development. To find out more about how to do this, please look at the following link:

If you're looking for some ideas in the area of literacy, I have been making great use of the following two resources:
Word Savvy- Integrated Vocabulary, Spelling, & Word Study by Max Brand
ISBN 1 57110 366 X
cost is about $28ish!

Comprehension and Collaboration- Inquiry Circles In Action by Harvey and Daniels
ISBN 978-0-325-01230-8
cost is about $40

100 Minutes- Making every minute count in the Literacy Block by Lisa Donohue
cost is about $30

Inspiring Commentary

Have a look at this educator who shares her thoughts on connecting with students!