IE Team Weekly Update
Edition #1 January 4-8
Happy New Year!
the 411 - Things to Know
- If you're participating in the Teaching Reading in Small Groups course, please complete session 3 prior to our workshop on January 6th. (See below for more details regarding this workshop.)
- Take a moment to watch the video below of Ashley Bakke modeling shared reading in an Oak Point Kindergarten class. Upload your video highlights to the Instructional Excellence Playlist (directions here).
- View the NEW IE website for easy access to resources around CBL, coaching and instruction.
IE Team Highlights
Professional Learning Section
Coaching for Excellence
When instructional coaches do surface coaching, they provide teachers with resources, offer supportive comments, model lessons, provide quick observations and share quick feedback. Surface coaching does not involve teachers in the deep work of setting student focused goals and collaborating until those goals are met. It usually only involves superficial reflection and little change.
When instructional coaches do deep coaching, however, they guide teachers through a reflective process that involves setting goals. They identify teaching strategies to be implemented to reach those goals and the collaboration and adaptation of teaching and learning that is required until the goals are met. Deep coaching is coaching that follows a proven model for change similar to that I described recently.
Take a moment to read about the coaching cycle here. We will be discussing this more at our next Instructional Coaches meeting on January 15th.
Comprehensive Balanced Literacy
- Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
- Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
- Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?
- Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
- Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)
- Does the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?
Teaching Reading in Small Groups Session 1-3
Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 12-4pm
ASC - Eagles Development Center
Jan 6th 12:00-4:00pm Workshop Details
We will be collaborating and learning from one another around the content from sessions #1-3 of the Teaching Reading in Small Groups online course. Please think about key learnings, questions and/or ideas which are challenging your thinking and opportunities for coaching around the content.
1. Notes you took and possibly your online responses for sessions #1-3. You may want to refer back to them during our discussions.
2. We will be using Twitter during the workshop please bring your login credentials.
We will start promptly at 12:00pm, feel free to bring your lunch if you need to.