The Coaches' Corner
October 14, 2016
Why we need coaches
"The biggest game-changer in education IS and EVER WILL be an educator."
-George Couros, keynote speaker ITEC
Tech Tip: Formative Assessment
OneNote- Create an interactive classroom notebook, teacher can see students notes, teacher can embed PDFs, diagrams, etc.
Create a Back Channel during discussions using something like Today’s Meet to create a digital conversation while students are participating in another activity. For Example: While students watch a video, pick out highlights/questions and post on the back channel. It keeps students engaged and some may feel more comfortable participating without talking.
Use a discussion board in a Learning Management System (Schoology, Google Classroom, Canvas, etc) to take learning outside the room to respond to ideas from the classroom.
GoFormative- interactive PDF worksheets, WhiteBoards, Google integrated
Google Drawing- use as a whiteboard- great for demonstrating understanding in math
Google Story Builder- type in a story then it creates a video
Google Form- 3 minute paper- in 3 minutes write demonstrating everything you understand about today’s learning goal. More writing intensive ticket out the door.
doesn’t have to be 3 minutes, but could pick other amounts of time.
Padlet- summarize information on a small “sticky note”. Posts virtually for the whole class to see. The teacher can move the sticky notes.
Mentimeter- ask open-ended questions, organizes thoughts, 2 free questions per day
Stormboard- option for educators for free, post sticky notes then vote and move stickys, chat feature, reports that can be pulled for work; may be a littler easier than Padlet.
Quizizz- the new Kahoot, can be made either interactive or at student pace, answer options are on st. screen,
Quizlet Live- puts kids in random group, interactive games using vocabulary flashcards you create, very interactive, fast paced
Let’s Recap- records a video of themselves explaining their learning, videos are displayed in small tiles for teacher to view, can compile a video to show the students
Edpuzzle- embed questions into Vimeo or Youtube videos, they HAVE to answer the question before the movie will continue
best to watch on their own with headphones
great sub plans
GoSoapBox- similar to thumbs up/thumbs down, can minimize to the bottom of the screen, not Google integrated, meant for whole class--doesn’t give names
A week in review
Brenda, Nathan and Laura will be attended the ITEC conference on Monday. We learned many new strategies and plan to share them over the next few weeks in The Coaches' Corner.
Tuesday Brenda and Jenny attended the Instructional Coaches Network. Literacy was one of the focuses of the day. The elementary session concentrated on FAST Data and the FAST Bridge program. Vocabulary instruction was the topic for secondary teachers. Consult with either of these ladies for more information or strategies.
We completed level 1 of Cognitive Coaching on Thursday. It focused on: planning conversations, reflective conversations, paraphrasing and mediative questioning. We plan to model a reflective conversation at the October 28th in-service.
We are in the District all week! Please check with our Google calendars, found on our TLC website, to schedule a time to work with a coach.
Wendy Bollhoefer- Instructional Coach
Laura Coller- Instructional Coach
Nathan Horgen- Instructional Coach
Brenda Mintun- Instructional Coach
Jennifer Nicholson- Instructional Coach
Elementary School Coaching Office- room 118
Middle/High School Coaching Office- back of the MS library.