Learning Coach Corner

Volume I Issue 11

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

-Henry Ford

Great Things Happening in Our Classrooms at West Middle School!

Mr. Kraus has a clean space on his desk as he continues to complete each task for the day of the 30-Day Happy Teacher challenge!

Both Mr. Kraus and Ms. Mellenbruch use Interactive Notebooks to support student learning! Interactive notebooks support students in becoming independent thinkers, writers and be creative. They are used for class notes and other activities where students will be asked to express their thoughts, post questions, process the information, highlight, underline, circle and/or mark with colors.

Images of Interactive Notebook

Example PE Interactive Notebook Setup

Assessment and Learning

Toss and Commit is a fun and interactive activity that can be used for checking on prior knowledge or checking for understanding. It can be used at the beginning of class or at the end to drive your instruction.

Toss and Commit Activity

Tiered Exit Cards In this short video you will see a tiered exit card as well as how the data is used for the next day's lesson.

Checking for understanding activities should not be graded.

Strategies, Strategies, Strategies

Taking the time to talk to your students and getting to know each one as a unique individual will help you better understand how your students learn, socially interact and how to make connections. Here are some resources that you may use to create your own survey whether that be electronically or paper/pencil:

Possible survey questions

Possible items for profile cards

Getting to know your student survey: Multiple Intelligences

Multiple Intelligences


This article speaks to what impact praise has on girls. Parents and educators need to rethink what messages we are sending to girls about achievement. It addresses content areas in which girls and boys have fixed mindsets.

Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

Tech Bytes!

Parent communication tool. "I’ve been using Bloomz communicate with parents and I am loving it. Now I can send quick updates, share classroom photos, schedule events and request for volunteers, all from one place. You have to try it, it’s free and parents love it too!" USD 497 Teacher