Instructional Coach Weekly Update

Week of February 13-17

Strategy Spotlight

Talk Moves Video from Teaching Channel:

Click on the picture below to watch a short, two-minute video on Talk Moves to improve student participation in discussion. The method is modeled with math instruction, however, the strategies are useful in any content. Implement and let your students take charge of their learning through organized discussion.

Talk Moves to Support Classroom Discussion - Summary

#1 Revoicing -- “So you’re saying...”

● Repeat some or all of what the student has said, then ask the student to respond and verify whether or not the revoicing is correct. Revoicing can be used to clarify, amplify, or highlight an idea.

#2 Repeating -- “Can you repeat what she said in your own words?”

● Ask a student to repeat or rephrase what another student said.

● Restate important parts of complex idea in order to slow the conversation down and dwell on important ideas.

#3 Reasoning -- “Do you agree or disagree, and why?” “Why does that make sense?”

● After students have had time to process a classmate’s claim, ask students to

compare their own reasoning to someone else's reasoning.

● Allow students to engage with each other’s ideas.

● Student: “I respectfully disagree with that idea because...”; “This idea makes sense to me because...”

#4 Adding On -- “Would someone like to add on to this?”

● Prompt students, inviting them to participate in the conversation or to clarify their own thinking.

● Student: “I’d like to add on...”

#5 Revise -- “Has anyone’s thinking changed?” “Would you like to revise your thinking?”

● Allow students to revise their thinking as they have new insights.

● Student: “I thought... But now I think... because...”; “I’d like to revise my thinking.”

#6 (not in video) Wait Time -- “Take your time...”

● Wait after asking a question before calling on a student.

● Wait after a student has been called on to give the student time to organize his or her thoughts.

● Student: “I’d like more time...”

#7 (not in video) Turn­-and-­Talk -- “Turn and talk to your neighbor...”

● Circulate and listen to partner talk. Use this information to choose whom to call on.

● Allow students to clarify and share ideas.

● Allow students to orient themselves to each other’s thinking.

Kazemi, Elham, and Allison Hintz. "Open Strategy Sharing." Intentional talk: how to to structure and lead productive mathematical discussions. Stenhouse, 2014. 21. Print.

This Week


  • All morning - Blended meeting with Jon, Jennifer, and 4 blended teachers
  • 12:55 - model intervention for a special ed teacher
  • 12:10 - writing unit in a 3rd grade classroom
  • With teachers/In classrooms
  • 3:15 - Blended meeting with 3rd grade team
  • 7:00 - Meeting with Jon
  • 9:25 - 4th grade team planning
  • 10:10 - Visible learning lesson - in 4th grade classroom
  • 12:00-3:00 - Meeting with Jessica
  • 3:30 - 3rd grade team planning


  • 7:30 - Data team meeting
  • 10:10 - Writing meeting with a special ed teacher
  • 10:30 - Assist with blended in a 4th grade classroom
  • 12:10 - Writing unit in a 3rd grade classroom
  • 1:30 - Triad meeting with Jon and Jennifer
  • 2:30 - Weekly meeting with Jennifer


  • 7:45 - Staff meeting
  • 10:10 - Writing meeting with a special ed teacher
  • 10:30 - Assist with blended in a 4th grade classroom
  • 12:10 - Writing unit in a 3rd grade classroom
  • 3:20 - Intervention checklist meeting


  • All day LCI Visible Learning PD - GWAEA

Power of Yet

I was watching "The Blind Side" last night as I attempted to get things ready for the week ahead and this scene (below) caught my attention. This scene is another great example of the "power of yet." Those teachers and classrooms I have been doing visible learning lessons with will understand the "power of yet" and most students have heard about this growth mindset saying in guidance class as well. If you think your students have seen this movie and could gain something from watching the short clip, then please show it to them!
Kathy Bates as Miss Sue in The Blind Side (2009)