What is instructional coaching?
This week, we focus exclusively on instructional coaching and how coaching can improve outcomes in any classroom. The first link is to a video I created explaining what an instructional coach is and does. After watching, I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Please let me know what you think by using the "Feedback" link below or via email.
After the video, we explore research into the effects of instructional coaching and view an example of what coaching often looks like in a classroom. Finally, Jim Knight (Senior Partner at Instructional Coaching Group) helps explain the difference between instructional coaching and other types of coaching. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Humility, Fun, Not Fun, and Undone
This week we bear witness to a display of sportsmanship likely go down in history as the quintessential way to win with kindness and compassion. Our hearts are lifted to see an adorable little girl moving and grooving to a pop hit. We critically examine the difference between fun and engaging. And we experience a glimpse into a new genre of adult animation. Enjoy!
Best Year Yet
In the Pemberton Township School District (and many others) the last week of summer is coming to a close. As many of us anticipate the start of a new school year, it is natural for feelings of anxiety and apprehension to become more observable in our minds. And if we are experiencing anxiety, we can safely assume many of our students are feeling similar strong emotions. For that reason it is all the more important we approach the new school year with kindness and compassion.
This week I came across two powerful examples of how students often surprise us with their kindness. In addition, we have a couple of ideas to help increase communication and improve relationships within the schoolhouse. I look forward to seeing many of you soon!
Circle of Life
This week we are exploring the Circle of Life. Not only as an incredible song from Disney's The Lion King, but with a broader sense of its meaning — acknowledging that all things come and all things go. In this edition of Four Thought Friday, we will experience the birth of a new learning tool, the death of a historic technology, and we will explore our cosmic connection to all forms of life in the universe.
New Tech, Texts, and Temperment for a New School Year
This week, Google announces a few new tools for teachers and students to help kickstart the new school year. We discover a list of great books for the classroom or simply for the soul. Finally, we learn a new way of dealing with cell phone usage—all in this week's edition of Four Thought Friday!