Coaching Awesome

North Washington Elementary School

October 14, 2016

Collaboration Across the Nation!!

Congratulations on making it through this full week after fall break! I know this week presented challenges to many as we got students transitioned back into the school routine. I have enjoyed seeing our teachers and staff pull together in support of one another to get things done!


Our elementary teachers met this week to review data and make plans of RTI supports and have developed very intentional plans to target specific student needs. I am very excited to see the growth that these students experience! THANK YOU Cindy, Mary Jane, and classroom teachers for your collaboration in these meetings! Middle school teachers, I look forward to meeting with you next week and seeing the growth of our students after this first cycle.


Thank you for getting Commander Day lessons submitted to VClass this week!


A reminder that instructional rounds are Monday. I am excited for you to show-off the great things that are happening here at North!


I wanted to let you know that I will be out for training Monday and Tuesday. I have a meeting in town Wednesday at 2 as well.


Have a great day and an awesome weekend!!!

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#ObserveMe

Instructional Rounds are coming this Monday. As I consider this, I think about the power of feedback to help us reach our professional goals. Teachers around the world are embracing the power of feedback and owning the process through the #ObserveMe movement. (Search the hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to see examples of this phenomenon in action.)


Teachers post signs outside their doors letting visitors know what they would like feedback on. This could be use of wait time, number of students on task, use of a math practice standard, for example. Visiting teachers pop in over planning to observe, complete the feedback form, and drop it in the teacher's mailbox. The best part of this process is that the visiting teachers get the opportunity to learn in the process.


"Good artist create. Great artists steal."


We have great talent in our school and have much to learn from one another. I would love to see some #ObserveMe action here at North. As Mrs. Mattingly, Mr. Hudson, and I make classroom visits we would love to provide feedback to you on the practices that you are targeting for growth. I think if you wanted to create your own list of 2-3 things that you want feedback on to share with us that would be wonderful!

Novice Reduction Strategy

I have enjoyed reading through your novice reduction action plans this week! I appreciate you time and thoughtfulness is getting those completed. My goal is to find ways to support your plans. We are a team!


I would love to challenge you to invite parents to problem solve as well. Sometimes when we invite parents to the conversation they have great ideas in how to motivate their child and how to make connections to learning at home. This parent tool kit is a great resource to link to your teacher webpage to help parents understand the reading and math standards that you teach.

ELA: Research Skills

Check out the newest ELA lessons on Achieve the Core -- the Research Packs. For K-5, the packs are designed to support students and teachers in research skills and writing to inform or explain. Each pack includes teacher directions, centered on high-quality informational text, along with student-facing organizers. Each topic pack is designed to illustrate the guided release of responsibility students need to independently research and write to meet Writing Standards 2, 7, and 8.

Math Assessment Resource

Achieve the Core is piloting the inclusion of PARCC and SBAC released items in the Student Achievement Partner's Coherence Map! Some standards now include assessment items that reflect that standard.
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We have purchased the Reflex Math Program for our school!


Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This program is ideal for students in grades 2 and up who have an understanding of the basic operations, has experience with strategies, and are ready to begin memorizing their basic facts. It can be used to challenge students who may be ready in grade 1. It may also be used as an addition to intervention supports through middle school.


I have sent e-mail invitations to teachers. If you did not receive one but are interested in using the program, please let me know.


Key Reflex Features

Adaptivity and individualization. Reflex continuously monitors each student's performance to create the optimal experience for every child.

Intuitive and powerful reporting. Educators have everything they need to easily monitor and support student progress in Reflex.

Anytime, anywhere access. Students can build fluency with Reflex anywhere there is an Internet connection.

Fun! Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process.

Outstanding results. Students of all ages and ability levels make great gains with Reflex.


We have a team of dedicated math teachers who are implementing a math campaign with this program. We are providing incentives for students as they reach milestones in the program. If you would like to know more about the program or about the incentives you can read our agenda or contact me.

Focus on Formative Assessment

Focus on formative assessment as a process and not just a thing that we do. Find more information on how to take your formative assessment practice to the next level with these Formative assessment webinars from Dylan Williams.

Surprises and Delights

So many milestones for our North Staff this Week

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Congratulations to Mrs. Stine and her beautiful family!
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Happy 1st American birthday to Mr. Bo Yu Chesser!

Remember to send me your Surprises and Delights each week to share in the newsletter!

This is for my dedicated math team... keep their shoes on!
Keep them shoes on...

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • October 17th-Board Meeting
  • October 21st- end 1st nine weeks
  • October 24th- DCLN Release day: AM Social Studies, PM Science
  • October 26th DCLN Release Day: AM MDC, PM LDC