Coaching Corner

January 2016


Liz Pfister

Technology Integration in the Classroom

To help understand the importance of integrating technology in the classroom, I have included an excerpt from Tech 4 Learning. To read the entire blog, click here. I have also include a few sites where you can find examples and videos on how you can use technology in the classroom.

The 21st Century Classroom

Where the 3 Rs meet the 4 C's

Our world is changing and changing rapidly. But while we often see digital natives on the covers of contemporary magazines, we have students in our classrooms from both sides of the divide. A 21st century classroom must engage and energize both natives and non-natives, preparing all students to be active participants in our exciting global community.

Many look at this divide and cry out for a renewed focus on the 3 R’s - reading, writing, and arithmetic. But in order to fully participate in today’s global community, students must also master the 4 C’s – creativity, critical thinking,communication, and collaboration..........

Technology is a perfect vehicle for facilitating this. But this isn’t about learning how to use technology or even teaching with technology tools, it is about students creating and constructing with technology.

Example of ideas on how you can use technology in your classroom:

Education World

Transformational Lesson Ideas (click the rubric and find detailed lessons and videos)

Forsyth County Schools Digital Learning Tools


Karen Quick

Resources for Parents

Parents are often asking for resources for their gifted/high achieving children. Hoagies Gifted Education page is a great resource to direct them to. Specifically, there is a Hot Topics Reading list link filled with all kinds of books recommended for gifted children. There is something for every age, interest and reading level. Topics include poetry, inventions, puzzles, biographies, mysteries and many more. The cold winter months might be just the time to dive into some of them…especially if we have snow days!

Check it out at


Megan Reimbold

eBooks @ SBE

“Are you aware that we have over 200 e-books in the SBE Media Center catalog?? We have titles ranging in reading abilities from Interactive Books to Lexile levels of 1000+. Students can make notes, citations, etc. while reading their book AND they will never lose the information they create. Just about every genre is represented, with a substantial amount of non-fiction titles. We hope students and staff alike will enjoy adding the Follett Brytewave App to their device to open up this additional treasure trove of reading happiness! Bonus: You can’t lose or damage the e-books! Although you still have to careful with food and liquid around your device. You certainly don’t want to destroy your device with a spill, especially at the really good part of The Book Thief.

Both the media center print and e-book catalogs can be accessed by students and staff from any computer or device. You don’t have to be in the media center to find a book – not that we don’t enjoy having you visit regularly! When searching on the media center catalog, look for the Follett Shelf icon, which is located in the menu bar on the left side of your screen.

Attached are instructions on how to obtain the Follett Brytewave App, as well as instructions for creating your account. You can be reading your next favorite book in under 10 minutes. I highly recommend downloading the book to your device, if prompted, so you can enjoy your book anytime – even without wi-fi.

I would be happy to help any students or staff that have any questions or problems with the Brytewave App. Just stop in the media center and I will do my best to help.”

Happy Reading,


eBook Checkout Information


Amber Lamb

Reciprocal Teaching

According to John Hattie, Reciprocal Teaching has an effect size of .74. Reciprocal Teaching is a strategy in which students take on the role of the teacher in order to construct meaning of a text. This strategy explicitly teaches and models what good readers do before, during, and after reading a text by using what is called the "fab four" - Prediction, Questioning, Clarifying, and Summarizing. We can easily weave this strategy into your Daily 5 or CAFE time. Let me know how I can assist you in integrating Reciprocal Teaching!

Originally designed for older students, this article gives a glimpse of its purpose in the Primary Grades.

Reciprocal Teaching - An Introduction for Students