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Calling All Coaches

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As Christy and I reflect over the last few months and the launch of our blog, we realize how important it is to hear the voices of our coaches, lead teachers, and administrators – Your Voices!  With the new school year starting we would love to get your suggestions on ideas you would like support around. What are some topics you would like us to tackle?

For some it could be…

~Struggles you have had with getting the work started in your building or district

~Challenges you face in your position

 

For others it might be…

~Working with teachers who have been doing this work for a long time

~Topics teachers want to study- and that you would like ideas on

 

It could be as simple as books lists or professional texts we could study and how to use them.

Whatever it is, we want to hear from you so we can give you support and get the conversations going.

We would love ideas from all of you.  For the first three people who respond, Christy and I will send you our “Favorite New Must-Have Read Aloud Book”!  For the first twenty responses, we will send you a ‘sneak peak’ of a book list that we will share with everyone in a later post.

~Monique & Christy

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  1. I’d love some tips on differentiating support for teachers of varying levels of experience.

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  2. Hi, Monique and Christy! Thanks for asking. My question is a somewhat big one. I would love to know more about supporting both school-wide and district-wide change in literacy instruction. Our entire district is moving into teaching the Lucy Calkins units of study in writing workshop and then in reading workshop in the coming years. Each school is at a different level of implementation. Some schools have just a few teachers implementing the workshop while other schools have an already in place school wide commitment for implementation. The grand goal is for our entire district to implement the units of study. I’d love to know more about supporting the change school by school and in the school district as a whole. Thank you!

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  3. As a coach, I would love some tips on scheduling. This year most of my time will be spent in two grade levels. But how do I continue to support everyone?
    Also, some tips on how to start getting teachers to look at student work to guide their instruction when they haven’t done this in the past.

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  4. Sharon Cuaresma

    It would be great to get tips on how to make debrief sessions (e.g., following a studio demonstration) most effective.

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  5. Sharon Cuaresma

    Will you please share the title of that favorite must-have read aloud? 🙂

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  6. I would like to hear more steps for team collaboration when teachers are at all levels using the units of studies.

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  7. Hi! I would like to get some more information on working with hesitant teachers and administrators who have lived in the “test-taking” world of teaching and leading. How do we get them to shift to seeing the importance of students learning how to read and that if they can read on level the testing will take care of itself?
    Thanks!!

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  8. I love all the suggestions above! In addition to everything listed…I’d like tips on effectively using formative assessment in coaching work and balancing coach support from two different content areas (math and literacy) without overwhelming teachers. At my site we have a math coach and a literacy coach (me). I’ve worked in this position for the last 6 years (I’m still learning daily!) and last year we added a math coach and a site focus on math. It was a really new experience for me, teachers and admin. to balance all the work/support in math and literacy. I always want to make connections to what we already know and new learning as a way of supporting teachers. Adding another coach with a different content area focus has brought challenges (as well as many benefits) so any ideas in this area of balancing initiatives and coach support would be great. Thanks!

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  9. Kisha,

    This is an awesome topic. Thank you for bringing it up. It is so hard balancing support for teachers especially when there are two (or more of you) giving that support. Teachers need and want the support, but so often you hear them say, “I just need to teach!” Please email us at christy.j.curran@gmail.com or moniqueknight@hotmail.com for our “must have book list”

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  10. charlotte holbrook

    Love the questions, but would be nice to see your answers and tips on this website. ????
    Seeking ideas on how to best organize a book room. No messy look.
    Posters or decor ideas to coordinate with the books and materials.
    Any fun ideas to keep the teachers coming into the book room often.
    Thank you,
    Charlotte

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  11. Hi! I just got my position as literacy coach in my building after being a classroom teacher for 10 years. I have attended the Coaching institute (which was amazing) but I would love to hear some ideas about how to get the excitement back in my school. I would love great book recommendations. I’m also trying to think about how we can make test prep not be something done in march but rather gradually through the year. Perhaps through close reading of fun read alouds, lyrics/music videos, etc. I would love to revamp my school and get them excited. Thanks!

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    • Hi Jamie~ Thanks so much for writing. Fabulous ideas! Especially getting excitement back into schools at the beginning of the year when teachers are so stressed and busy. Thanks again for your response. Stay tuned!

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