Monthly Archives: October 2015

Making Number Talks Matter

It was great to have meaningful conversation with all of you during the first LCN meeting.

During the first meeting we took a few minutes to read Chapter 1 (What are Number Talks? Why are They so Important?) and start conversation around Chapter 2 (Getting Number Talks Started).  During our next meeting, we will finish the conversation from Chapter 2 and dive into Chapter 3 (Guiding Principles for Enacting Number Talks in the Classroom).

Let me know if you have any questions ( as you continue the journey.  Here is a Number Talk that I did with 10th and 11th grade students that you can view.  It isn’t perfect, but might provide some insight into the process and how you might capture student thinking.

A Learning Lab to Support Coaching

Welcome to our 1st session facilitated by Laura Robinson, instructional coach for KentISD student campus and Char Firlik, Cognitive Coaching trainer. Laura lead us in a Color Connection activity to form a learning lab community and explore our hopes and wonderings around coaching. A reflection activity helped us examine characteristics of an effective coach and create a distinctive ‘coaching lab’ coat. Kay Psencik, senior consultant/coach for Learning Forward, offered 6 Key Traits: self-awareness, honesty, sincerity, competence, reliability, and intentions. ( read pg. 52-57) Laura has created a Google Community blog to keep us connected as learners between our sessions. To be a member of the ‘Coaching Lab’ Community connect with Laura at .

Literacy Coaches Network Blog for 2015/2016

Welcome to the 2015/2016 Literacy Coaches Network Blog!! This “Blogs” intention is to keep our Literacy Learners connected in-between the  5 day  sessions.

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Celebrating Literacy is our learning theme for 2015/2016. Join us in our tenth year of leading literacy learning  with our featured guest speaker, Donalyn Miller, who will inspire and inform our literacy learning on Monday, November 16th at Thousand Oaks.  You must register in order to attend.  Cost is $35.00 per person — you are encouraged to invite a colleague!! Click on this link for details about registration. 15CUR1116P Donalyn Miller speaks to LCN FLYER 

Donalyn, the Book Whisperer, is a national author and speaker who has continued the conversation beyond getting students to love reading, into developing, encouraging and assessing the five reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading.

Reading, Writing, & Math Workshop K-12 – Theory and Practice – May 2015

Good to see everyone on the last day of LCN!  We hope that you enjoyed this last session on further exploring the workshop structure of instruction in our classrooms.  We have truly enjoyed working with all of you and your authentic commitment to the conversation and learning over the year.

On this last day we focused on the aspect of formative and summative assessment and what that looks like in our classrooms.  This had us analyzing the Principles to Action Assessment handout that challenged our beliefs on what assessment could/should look like for us in our classrooms.  From here we highlighted what assessment might look like in the workshop structure.  This included looking at the basic framework documents as well as analyzing VandeWalle’s assessment handouts and then further conversation on how assessment truly fits in workshop structure for us in our current setting.

We ran out of time to actually view, but still referenced video examples showing workshop in action.  These videos can be used to reflect on how we could see, Common Core, Formative Assessment, and other workshop components in action in the workshop structure.

Math Workshop in Action
ELA Workshop in Action

Don’t forget you can the access the presentation at

Homework for next Session: Sign up for LCN for next year.  Here is a link to the sign up page –