BASD Coaching Rundown

Issue #3: October 2020

Google Meet vs. Google Classroom

To teach live or not to teach live? That is the question…


We know many teachers are struggling with this decision right now. While some are very comfortable streaming the Hybrid students into class live, some aren’t yet ready to take that step. We completely understand -- there’s so much to consider when teaching two groups of students simultaneously! However, constantly having to replicate in-class activities in Google Classroom and making separate instructional videos just for your Hybrid students can be a major time-sucker. So, what’s a teacher to do? One suggestion? Reach out to a coach! We are more than happy to meet with you to discuss the pros/cons of teaching live and share tips and tricks with you if you decide to ultimately give it a go.


We are also willing to take on the role of one of your hybrid students if you want to practice. We can join your class period’s Google meet and participate in your lesson right along with your in-class students. Afterward, we can debrief and reflect on the process and provide non-evaluative feedback so that you feel more comfortable if you decide to try it on your own. Remember, we’re here to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out if we can ever help in any way!

Food for Thought

Too much of the same is never a good thing. We’d advocate for teachers to use a healthy balance of Synchronous and Asynchronous learning experiences.

BASD Reads!

We all know that fostering a love of independent reading in our students is incredibly important. After all, the #1 predictor of academic achievement across all subject areas is the amount of time a child spends reading. No matter your role in the district, one way you can help foster life-long readers is by showing the students in your school that you’re a reader too. We challenge each and every BASD employee to post a sign outside of their classroom that shows the book they’re currently reading. Most importantly, update it regularly! Keeping the same title up all year long or noting that you’re “reading emails” or “the class textbook” actually does more harm than good. The students need to see that you have a reading life outside of school and that you value literacy. Looking for a new book to read? Check out a few reading displays from around the district below!
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Virtual Learning Playbook

As a reminder, we’ll be adding additional sections to the Virtual Learning Playbook throughout the year. It currently contains info about planning for virtual learning and best practices for virtual instruction. Be on the lookout for Section 3: Tools for Virtual Learning! We’ll be sharing out the info soon and there will be another opportunity to win a prize.

Teacher Feature

Strategy Spotlight

Open/Closed Sort

We’ve shared many great instructional strategies over the years on our strategy days, but how do we transition the tried and true strategies that we love to the digital environment? In each newsletter, we will review a previously shared strategy and share ideas for how to use it in the time of COVID-19.


This month’s featured strategy, Open/Closed Sorts, can be implemented at any grade level and in any content area. We attached the corresponding info document we shared a few years ago below. While you can certainly still use actual sorting cards (with sanitization measures in mind, of course), we’ve come up with a few ways to adapt the strategy to the virtual classroom setting. Watch this brief video to learn more: https://flipgrid.com/s/1Ar7rY_oHJUVPd7x


Links to all strategy documents referenced in the video can be found below:

Open/Closed Sort Strategy Description

Flippity Sorting Activity

Google Slides Sorting Template

Newsletter Challenge

Engage your students in a word sort activity sometime before Thanksgiving break. Share evidence of your lesson with us to be entered in the monthly prize drawing!

Professional Learning Opportunities

Internal Trade Time

We have a number of in-house professional learning opportunities being offered in the coming weeks. Check out info about the following sessions:


Antiracist Book Club

Date: November 12th; December 10th

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Location: Virtually

It’s not too late to sign up to join the Antiracist Book Club. The next session will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 3:30-4:30. You’d just need to pick up a copy of one of the books from the list.


Using Technology to Enhance Acquisition of Learning Objectives

Date: Various dates in October & November

Time: 3:30-5:00 PM

Location: Virtually

Want one-on-one support to plan units/lessons that effectively incorporate technology? Anita Caruso is offering various sessions on this topic. Click here to learn more about this trade time opportunity and to sign up!


Bold School Book Study

Date: November 4th, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Time: 3:30-4:30

Location: Virtually

Anita is also offering a 4-part trade time series centered around the book Bold School by Weston Kieschnick. This book is a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about the blended learning model! Check out this link for more information.


BASD Twitter Chat

Date: November 16th

Time: 8:00-9:00

Location: Virtually on Twitter

Save the date for the November BASD Twitter Chat! It will be held on November 16 from 8-9. Reflect with your colleagues as you relax in your PJs from home! Check out this link for more information.

External Trade Time

As a reminder, you can also seek out professional learning opportunities outside of the district. Just make sure you submit an External Trade Time Approval Form at least 3 weeks in advance. Check out some options we found below:


The National Museum of Mathematics offers regular events that allow teachers and students to interact with mathematicians and learn more about mathematical phenomena. The events are a mix of free- and fee-based, but they all provide a great opportunity to explore math further!


Are you a member of PAECT? If not, definitely check it out -- a basic membership is FREE and allows you to access a variety of resources and professional learning opportunities. On November 19th, Kristen Ziemke is hosting a webinar titled, Rethinking Learning: Digital Best Practice for School and Home. More information can be found here.


To kick off Dyslexia Awareness Month, the University of Florida Literacy Institute held a Dyslexia 101 webinar. Topics included: facts and myths; characteristics and needs; identification and intervention; and policy and professional development. They also hosted an Introduction to Teaching Reading Online webinar that would be a great watch for anyone who teaches reading!

Professional Magazines

Educational Leadership offers a monthly magazine with articles based around a variety of educational topics. October’s issue focuses on Trauma-Sensitive Schools. Check out the table of contents and let Jackie know if you would like a copy of any of the articles.


NCTM Research Magazine shares recent research articles on the topic of mathematics education. Check out the table of contents for October’s issue on Catalyzing Change in School Mathematics and let Melissa know if you would like a copy of any of the articles.

Digital Freebies!

Each month we’ll share a few fun finds that we came across in our internet travels. Feel free to add these digital resources to your collection!


Book Speed Dating

Digital Choice Board

Virtual Manipulatives

Free Magnetic Letter Play


Bitmoji Templates: (You can make a copy and edit as needed!)

Learn about voting

Math Trick or Treat - even and odd numbers

Book Nook

Contact Us!

Melissa Duckworth

K-12 Math Instructional Coach

Nicole Kohlhepp

K-5 Literacy Instructional Coach

Jackie Wynkoop

6-12 Literacy Instructional Coach