End of the Year Reflections…

I’m all about a good thinking prompt, so I decided to put my head to end of the year reflective questions that could stir teacher thinking in those final days of school. Here’s the list I’ve come up with: What was the most successful lesson you...

Common Core Standards Revisited

In December I posted about school principals providing instructional leadership to support implementation of the Common Core Standards.  My point was that beyond alignment, issues of effective pedagogy need to be addressed if the standards are to make a difference to...

Strategies Are Only As Good As the Learning They Support

Teachers love getting new strategies and when I provide teacher professional development I like to please my customers, but I am disappointed when I overhear teachers planning to immediately use a strategy I have provided and there is no mention of how it will enhance...

A Coaching Story Told in Two Voices

When I began my career as a coach in 1995 I was thrown in with no training.  Back then my title was technical assistance coach. I was given twenty-four schools to support and my charge was to help them implement a new program that required the teaching staff to make...