How to Teach Point of View!

How to Teach Point of View!

In my quest to keep the Common Core simple and do-able, I’ve designed a pretty simple way to teach kids how to master the specific Common Core Standards that deal directly with Point of View and those that assume your students already know how to determine point of view! Click on the arrow below toContinue Reading

4 Questions Every Teacher Should Be Asking Post-Lesson

4 Questions Every Teacher Should Be Asking Post-Lesson

I think it’s so common to prep a lesson, teach the lesson…and move onto the next lesson!  I mean, we are under the crunch time of the clock everyday and there doesn’t seem to be enough time at all to really think about the QUALITY of the lessons that I teach each day. While IContinue Reading

The Anatomy of a Super Successful Teacher Debriefing!

The Anatomy of a Super Successful Teacher Debriefing!

One of the things that is hardest on principals, coaches and teachers is the debriefing of an observation!  Even though providing and receiving feedback is so important to our personal and teaching refinement, it’s still tough to do and sometimes tough to take! I have been using a very simple 6-step process for debriefing teachersContinue Reading

Problem Solving 101: Creating Your Statement

Problem Solving 101: Creating Your Statement

When my team and I pop onto a campus to coach them in how to improve their scores, the first place we start: defining what it is they’re trying to do! It’s funny how often folks know they need help, but they don’t know exactly what they need help with! One of the places thatContinue Reading

8 Traps to Avoid with the Common Core and Your Reading Program

8 Traps to Avoid with the Common Core and Your Reading Program

Think about it…you go to your Common Core-aligned curriculum and you plan to teach what it tells you to teach for tomorrow.  It’s not that you’re not engaged in the curriculum, but you are trusting that what it tells you it will do (teach the kids to master the Common Core standards for your gradeContinue Reading