Cowboy Coaching Corner

Learning Together ~ April 2015


No matter what grade you teach, one of the TEKS for ELA refers to students sharing or publishing their writing. One great way for students to do that is through blogging. When students post on a blog they are sharing and publishing. Students can use blogs for their reflections, responses, or formative assessments. It's a great place for students to think about their learning. In his article "Field Notes: Writing as a Conversation", Sean Hackney states, " ...the blog captures a student's work for the class in one place, provides an authentic audience, and requires other design decisions as students consider the genre of blogging." If you haven't ever tried blogging, for yourself, your classroom, or your students, it's a great way to build writing skills and share learning. I am far from a blog expert, but If you want to try blogging, just let me know and I'll be happy to help you get started.

Reading Workshop Workshops

A Workshop About Reading Workshop

The Session 1 of Reading Workshop Workshop, received rave reviews! If you missed it, there is a powerpoint available that I can share with you. Session 2 was today and there were several CES teachers there that can share about Readers' Notebooks and Reading Logs. There is still time to sign up for the final 3 sessions. Clicking on the session will take you to Eduphoria to register. More information was included in Dr. Newell's Smore from January. Hope to see you at the next one!

Session 3: April 15, 3:30-5:00

Read Aloud with Accountable Talk AND Planning Mini-lessons for Workshop

Session 4: May 6, 3:30-5:00

Writing about Reading and Conferring with Readers

Session 5: May 20, 3:30-5:00

Sharing my Reading: Book Talks, Book Partners, Book Clubs

Save the Dates - 1:1 Technology Training this Summer

Below is information that just came out about upcoming digital training over the summer. You heard it here first!

Designing Work for the 1:1 iPad Classroom

Seamless integration of technology is one of the foundational pieces of our 1:1 model. In this one day course, participants will think through digital workflow and design lessons for their 1:1 classroom. Please bring your iPad & laptop and specific content area units to move up the SAMR ladder.

June 9 - 8:30-3:30

July 13 - 8:30-3:30

July 14 - 8:30-3:30

EdCamp GCISD (Instructional Strategies)

Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs. What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

​August 5 - 8:30-3:30​