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Coaching Tips - Project-Based Learning & Entrepreneurship

By Kelsey Doolittle on 1/31/2017
Recently, I have been working with teachers engaged in designing Project-Based Learning experiences for their students. They were looking for new ways to engage, motivate their students. They are struggling with designing experiences where students make connections to the world on their own. This conversation led us to the concept of Entrepreneurship and how Project-Based Learning can really be used to develop it in our classroom.

Coaching Tips - Know/Need to Know Resource

By Kelsey Doolittle on 12/16/2016
Many of you are using the Know/Need to Know strategy in your day-to-day work; this is AWESOME! Our students need to gain strategies they can use all the time during their learning journey. When they use this strategy they grow as problem identifiers, not just problem solvers. This also helps our students gain authentic and natural tools for their own learning.

Coaching Tips - Connecting Students to the World

By Kelsey Doolittle on 11/30/2016
I wanted to take the opportunity to share a great resource that allows teachers to really take students outside the classroom. Many times teachers design learning experiences to make real world connections for students. This is a daunting task and it might actually be a waste of time.

Coaching Tips - Fluency

By Kelsey Doolittle on 10/28/2016
For some reason it seems like developing fluency in reading has been translated into increasing the speed at which students read. This perspective is really something that impacts all content areas not just "reading teachers".

Coaching Tips - Rubrics

By Kelsey Doolittle on 9/22/2016
Many teachers use traditional rubrics in their classrooms to assist in communicating expectations for the work to be done. My approach to rubrics is a little different when it comes to implementing Problem and Project-Based Learning.

Coaching Tips - Design Challenges

By Kelsey Doolittle on 5/27/2016
As the school year closes, what better time than now to release the remaining constraints on student thinking and creativity? Here is one way you can end the year with bang!

Coaching Tips - Creativity

By Kelsey Doolittle on 3/31/2016
One way to increase motivation and engagement in a classroom is to provide opportunities for students to be creative. Creativity can manifest itself in many ways. We need to move beyond methods where we identify our “creative” students to establish groups where they are tasked with the role requiring the skill for their group. This supports the creativity of those students, but fails to promote it in others.

Coaching Tips - Growth Mindset

By Kelsey Doolittle on 3/1/2016
We all want to provide our students with meaningful schoolwork that promotes learning of academic content. Many of our students never get the chance to learn this way due to assumptions we make about their ability to be successful. This fixed mindset is transferred to students who then succumb to this prophecy that they cannot be successful. So how can we change this course?

Coaching Tips - Teacher Effectiveness

By Kelsey Doolittle on 1/22/2016
One of the key ways in which we hope to impact teacher effectiveness is by establishing standards of quality instruction. The purpose of these standards is to set an expectation for the quality of the instructional experiences that support effective inquiry-based learning.

Coaching Tips - Managing Instruction

By Kelsey Doolittle on 12/18/2015
Over the last month, the bulk of my coaching conversations have focused on a variety of issues teachers were having with managing instruction. This phrase, "managing instruction", can mean different things to different people. Regardless of the meaning or the issue, my approach always seems to take me to formative assessment.