Coaching 4 Ps
Review, Preview, Praise and Problems: March 14-18
- Checked in on 2 third grade rooms' work on personal narratives (type 3). Worked with teachers on grading. Students' grasped the idea of including sensory details in their personal narratives, but their writing read more like a list. We need to work on transitions and weaving words to tell a story.
- Worked on kindergarten guided reading model lessons to include RIT band skills.
- Parent meeting to discuss new student's levels.
- Continued working with another third grade classroom on personal narratives (type 2 and 3).
- Attended faculty meeting.
- Thursday Literacy Room Lock-In: Began work organizing literacy room texts with new organization system purchased by PTO. I spent the day re-organizing book tubs into crates and creating text sets when possible. Work continued Friday.
- Continued work with fifth grade inquiry "set up". Created a Kahoot for test review.
- Met with a teacher to discuss differentiating FCAs.
- Meet with fifth grade classes to finish up inquiry "set up" and test the content.
- Meet with fifth grade teacher to finalize plans for student inquiry project after Spring Break.
- Meet with two third grade teachers to finalize plans for Revolutionary War inquiry project. This project includes a "Genius Hour" towards the end of the "gathering content" phase.
- Model two guided reading groups in a kindergarten classroom. Goal is to include guided reading framework and continuum skills as well as RIT band skills.
- Work with a third grade class on personal narrative poems.
- Lead Fountas & Pinnell PLC on Wednesday. We will focus on using the continuum to pull out skills to use with mentor texts.
- Attend state PLC at Walhalla Elementary on Thursday.
- Continue to work to organize the literacy room.
- Teachers are beginning to include the entire John Collins process (Types 1, 2 and 3) when it's time to display student writing. Many are still hesitant because they want that neat and "perfect" copy in the hall. We still have a ways to go, but at least we are breaking thru that thinking a little at a time (that whole slow and steady thing again).
- I love the dedication of the teachers and the extra miles that so many of them go! They feel quite stressed, they keep the kids in mind and truly work to give them what they need.
Potential Speed Bumps (not really problems)
I do not see any new potential bumps for this week.