Hello! How was your Thanksgiving Break?! Mine was pretty good overall. I was sick for a few days, but still managed to make time for some holiday decorating AND our long awaited home office project. Luke busted out his woodshop skills and built us the coolest desk ever! It’s L-shaped, so now we both have a super organized and inspired space to work in.
Productive blogging, product creating, and efficient planning here I come!
I know our super cool L-shaped desk isn’t the intended topic of this post, but I’m just so dang excited about it, I had to share.
Alright, moving on!
Yesterday afternoon, during my coaching convo with Olivia, I was giving myself a big pat on the back for the handy observation template I had created and was referring to. As we were chatting, I realized just how helpful it has been!
Olivia is brand new to guided reading, so I knew I needed to really “break it down”…or translate a guided reading lesson into small, concrete steps or parts.
In a small group PD session right before the start of our coaching cycle, I was able to walk her and a few other of our new teachers through the basic structure of what a guided reading lesson looks like. I created an anchor chart that looks like this:
I then used this same structure to create an observation form.
I shared this with Olivia at the start of our coaching cycle, so she and I were on the same page for where we were headed and what I would be looking for. She was on board!
Then I made a few copies and popped them into my Coaching Kit.
This observation tool has been really helpful in my classroom visits, because I have a handy reference for exactly what I’m looking for. I’m also able to refer to this together with Olivia in our debriefs, as we discuss what worked well and what we might want to tweak the next time around.
Maybe you can use the tool directly, or just adjust it a bit to better meet your needs. Either way, hope it helps you with your work!
Thanks so much for being a part of the MsHouser community, and I’ll see you next week!
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