Coaching Connection

Teachers Collaborating So We Can All Grow - Nov. 6, 2019

~ Are You Planted Near Marigolds? ~

Find Your Marigold

This 2013 article was written for first year teachers, but is a great reminder for beginning and seasoned teachers alike. The article urges us to consider the importance of thinking of ourselves as plants in a garden, and how gardeners know the power of companion gardening. The author explains that every plant influences the plants around it, and that marigolds, in particular, are known to protect the plants it is near.

According to Jennifer Gonzalez of the Cult of Pedagogy:

Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. Still, with everything you have to do right now, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it all. And the fact is, a lot of those tips won’t work very well if you fail to follow this one essential rule:

Surround yourself with good people.

By finding the positive, supportive, energetic teachers in your school and sticking close to them, you can improve your job satisfaction more than with any other strategy. And your chances of excelling in this field will skyrocket. Just like a young seedling growing in a garden, thriving in your first year depends largely on who you plant yourself next to ... Marigolds exist in our schools as well – encouraging, supporting and nurturing growing teachers on their way to maturity. If you can find at least one marigold in your school and stay close to them, you will grow. Find more than one and you will positively thrive.

Congratulations to WICOR Wizard Brittany Moncrief

Research supports the idea that there are five key frameworks that support higher-level learning: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading - commonly known as WICOR. Teachers attending the "What's the Deal with WICOR" breakout session on Oct. 4 were challenged to view their lessons through the lens of WICOR strategies by completing a Tracker Sheet to see for themselves which WICOR areas they used more than others. The participating teacher with the most varied WICOR strategies implemented in a 3-week period was Brittany Moncrief, a Special Education Teacher at WSHS. Are you interested in tracking your own WICOR implementation? Click on this link to print out your own Tracker Sheet.

Do You 10-2-2?

The 10-2-2 Model of Instruction ensures that student processing time is built into the day, and that material is chunked into manageable pieces. Research supports the 10-2-2 model for increasing retention of material and deeper understanding of content. In the 2017 research by Karen Ringewald (Student Engagement and Coaching Around the 10-2-2 Strategy), this method also increased student engagement by 37%.

10 Minutes - Teacher-led instruction

This could come in the form of direct instruction or board work, student reading, video, demonstration, etc.

2 Minutes - Small group/partner reflection time

Teacher provides guiding questions or ideas to spark table or partner conversations about what they have just learned or discovered.

2 Minutes - Individual processing time

Teacher prompts students to reflect on their learning in written form. This could come in the form of interacting with notes (highlighting, chunking, etc.) or writing a summary statement/reflection.

For more information on the 10-2-2 Method, check out the information here, or ask an Instructional Coach.

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Shannon Helgeson


WSHS Room 245

Jeremy Graves


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