Coaching Corner

February 2016


Liz Pfister


VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments. VoiceThread is easy to use and students are able to annotate over their images as they talk. All students and teachers in Forsyth County have an account. Simply log in using your school UN/PW.

VoiceThread can be used on devices and teachers can see students' work as they complete assignments on any ios and android device. You can even access VoiceThread through itslearning. Just go to Tools and Apps.

What is a VoiceThread

Examples of VoiceThreads


Karen Quick

Creative Problem Solving

Did you know that creative problem solving is applicable to students in all grades, even Kindergarten? Problem solving is a skill that, when learned and practiced, will last a life-time. Using Math concepts is a great way to practice this. Students are required to take what they have learned and apply it to a situation where they identify a problem, brainstorm ways to solve it, then research all ideas and choose one. Once they choose a solution, they gather data to support it and come up with a plan to carry it out. Finally, they implement it. Problem solving requires students to use Level 4 Depth of Knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson, Bette Nesmith Graham, Marie Van Brittan Brown, and Ruth Handler all used intense mental problem solving skills to become some of our greatest inventors.

Here's how you can take a math lesson from level 1 DOK to level 4.

  • Level 1, recall, only requires 1 step- Look at the graph or table and use the information to answer questions.
  • Level 2, application of skills, should include how or why questions- Take information from the graph or table and use it to solve a problem requiring multiple steps.
  • Level 3, requires a deep understanding of material through citing evidence- Draw conclusions from a table or graph, citing evidence.
  • Level 4, uses complex reasoning, planning, and thinking over an extended period of time- Implement a project that states a problem, list of possible solutions, identifies one solution that solves the problem, show results using graphs or tables..... CPS!

If you are interested in taking a Math lesson to the next level.. level 4.... come see me! I have some really great resources and would love to work with you! Check out this great website as well.


Megan Reimbold


We would like to begin collecting student and teacher book reviews for the media center.

If you or a student has read a book that you would like to review and/or recommend, please submit your review to Mrs. Reimbold.

Your review should include:

*Title of Book

*Author of Book

*Short summary of book – but DON’T give anything away! No Spoilers Allowed!!

*Reason you think others might enjoy reading this book

- Good characters

- Interesting plot

- Great book if you like history, fantasy, mystery, humor, true stories,

factual information, etc.

We will have you visit the media center to create your video review. Reviews will be accessed by students and staff on an ipad displayed in the media center. Yes, you can submit more than one review. We think it would be great to use up all the Gigs for just book reviews!

Please email or stop by the media center, if you have any questions.


Amber Lamb

Lexile and F&P - How are these measures derived?

Lexile: Developed by the company Metametrics, the program uses sentence length and word frequency to determine text difficulty. When a student receives a Lexile measure, their Lexile range is from 100 below to 50 above the given score. (View the video below for more information)

You can use the Lexile Analyzer (after registering) to level text you create.

Sites with leveled text: NEWSELA / ReadWorks

F&P: At each level (A to Z) texts are analyzed using ten characteristics: genre/form; text structure; content; themes and ideas; language and literary features; sentence complexity; vocabulary; word difficulty; illustrations/graphics; and book and print features. For the definition of each characteristic click here. Texts are leveled using a highly reliable process in which teams of trained teachers, working independently and then through consensus, assign a level to books after analyzing them according to the ten factors. They are then analyzed by Fountas and Pinnell.

Here is a link for question stems for each F&P Level - what a great resource to have at your guided reading table to differentiate your questioning.

Check out the new HMH resources in your grade level FCS itsLearning course for F&P aligned texts.

Scholastic Book Wizard will level texts in both Lexile and F&P

The Lexile Framework for Reading