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Coaching the Veteran Teacher

There are subtle and substantial differences between coaching our novice teachers and our veteran teachers. Novice teachers, while inexperienced in the classroom, may have studied the latest technological insights or most recent academic learning trends. The instructional coach understands that this group needs the essential research, resources, skills, and strategies designed to create a community of learners.

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Coaching the Novice Teacher

For an instructional coach, it may seem daunting to coach the new teacher. Where does one begin to assist him or her in creating the best learning experience possible for students, parents, and colleagues?

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Embrace, Expect, Engage, Encourage: The E4 Approach

International Literacy Association August 2, 2017

Use this reflection tool as a way to observe peers in a non-threatening way. The Guiding Questions encourages honest, non-evaluative discussion.

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Knowing One’s Place: Or What is Co-Teaching?

ASCD Inservice March 17, 2017

“Co-teaching” has become a buzzword in education; but, the key to successful co-teaching is the respect toward each other’s skills and knowledge. That respect translates to student success and empowerment in the classroom and beyond.

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What Do You Stand For?
Literacy Daily January 17th, 2017

After 25 years in the education “business,” I’ve learned that visionaries are rare. I’ve also worked with resume-padders, limelight-grabbers, and narrow-minded ninnies. Some were more concerned about their own personal agenda than about personnel.

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Why I write 

Literacy & NCTE October 26, 2016

I write because I have to. 

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Teaching means having to say you're sorry

Literacy Daily October 25, 2016

By owning our mistakes our students see us as empathetic humans that want to do well.

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Being Respectful of Student Gender Identity

Edutopia October 13, 2016

Asking students how to address them is not only respectful and compassionate, but also socially just.

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Teachers and Students: We’re Not That Different

Edutopia April 25, 2016

How do we support the student risk-taker in the classroom who tells us our lesson wasn’t effective?  Respond with respect and clarity.

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It’s Not Venting, It’s Processing

Edutopia April 21, 2016

As an Instructional Coach, active listening is crucial in supporting our colleagues.  What does that collaboration look like and how does it benefit teachers?

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Don’t Phone It In

 Literacy Daily April 13, 2016 

Presentation skills are critical when encouraging ownership of a district initiative or classroom lesson.  We must be present to fully engage participants.

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Taking on Social Literacy in the Classroom

Literacy Daily January 26, 2016

Embedding soft skills within a literacy framework requires creativity and patience. Here are some tips to help you do achieve that goal.

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Not ‘Just’ Doodling or Talking: How They Help Students Process

Edutopia November 6, 2015

Student learning styles are instrumental in processing and thinking.  Let’s give students the space to show us what they need to be successful.

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Humbled or Humiliated

Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal 
Fall 2014

An adult learner engages in her first arial yoga class.  Humbled in class or humiliated? Teachers have that kind of power.

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