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Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday, December 11

Today was the last day of Week 3 of the Coaching Academy. I had the opportunity to work with a great group of educators from all around the northeast. We worked very hard analyzing teaching and honing our coaching skills. It was a great opportunity to meet 17 dedicated educators that are working hard to help teachers meet the needs of all their students. If any of you read this I hope you will keep in touch.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10

Today in the coaching academy we focused our coaching on writing. We watched a grade 1 and grade 7 lesson. The group also listed some helpful resources. Hope you all find them helpful!

Janet Angelillo - A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation, Writing to the Prompt and Writing About Reading
Carl Anderson - Assessing Writers, How's It Going?
Barry Lane - Reviser's Toolbox, After the End
Katie Wood Ray - Study Driven, About the Authors
Jeff Anderson - Mechanically Inclined
Mary Ellen Giacobbe & Martha Horn - Talking, Drawing, Writing

Some other authors of good professional text on writing are...
Lucy Calkins
Maria Cruz
Ralph Fletcher
Tom Romano

Please post more titles!

Thursday, December 10

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Today at the coaching academy we talk a lot about language and how our coaching and teaching should be generative. We also discussed what proficient readers do and how we can use this analysis to inform our coaching with teachers.

The coaches were sharing helpful sources for purchasing leveled texts. Here are some of the publishers they shared.
Steck and Vaugh "Pair-It" Books
Time for Kids
National Geographic

Please share any publishers you are familiar with that offer quality text for readers. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday, December 8

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my blog page.
This week I am working with a group of literacy coaches from all around the Northeast. We are having some really interesting conversations around the reading and writing process and how to effectively shift teacher understandings.

We have been doing a lot of work with 1 to 1 coaching. However, today we viewed a cluster coaching session. This is when a coach facilitates a group coaching session. I was wondering if anyone "out there" has tried this and would mind sharing your experience.

Hope to hear from you!


RIP, I lost my beloved buddy to doggie cancer in August.