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Mentor Message: Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a special day of thanks in the Hill household as the family celebrates the arrival of Gabrielle Amani Hill. She was born at 1:11pm on 11-14-11. The holiday season is often hectic and filled with stress in schools, but you can help make the season a time of opportunity and excitement for teachers and students. By this time, PBL should be underway, and most schools have received or soon will receive their technology equipment. As you work with the teachers to help them with the technology without losing st sight of the bigger goal – learning, help them see how technology enhances 21 century learning. Thanks for all that you do, Carol Dodson, Mentor

Look at the picture below. Do you ever feel the way this picture of the snow-covered mountains in the Yukon looks? At times, the snowcovered scene appears desolate, but remember that the scene on the other side of the mountain can change dramatically.

iCoach 1.0 Information: December 15, 2011 – Monthly reports for November are due. Upcoming Virtual Meeting – Thursday, January 12, 2012. Watch for additional information. Ohio Educational Technology Conference – February 13-15, 2012. Is your team working on a presentation or display?

Nicole Luthy, ORC director, shares information with a participant at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference.

What should I do now?

iCoach 1.0 Implementation: Now that you’ve worked with the team for a while, it’s time to reflect on your processes. Use the suggestions below as you engage in reflection. Analyzing Your Coaching Styles 1. I work to build capacity for teachers. My job as a coach is to provide them with what they need so they can provide for the students. It is a balance, but an important one because my job is to lead teachers to new learning or new work often outside their comfort zone. Valuing teachers as learners (and planning for differentiation) moves the transformation forward. 2. I strive to connect the community of learners with a shared purpose. Once teachers have experience working through new learning and see growth in their students, they are ready to take risks and try new things. This takes time and requires me to be persistent yet optimistic. 3. I believe in building teacher capacity around all of us working to be better educators. All teachers, even the very, very “best” can and should continue to improve. I model this as I take on new learning, pushing myself to outgrow my past thinking and practice. My coaching style and my expectations are consistent, predictable, and more importantly, they are always planned. I don’t “spring things” on teachers or let other school-wide initiatives derail our plans. Teachers recognize I will put everything I can into making the new work manageable, even it if means I roll up my sleeves and take on parts myself. I model doing the work I am asking teachers to do. 4. Along those lines, I help teachers see that the “Learning IS the work.” We will never be finished… learning. We can, should and will always improve. 5. I strive to keep the work and the learning at the forefront of our conversations. Buyin is critical, but sometimes it comes after I push (pressure with support) to complete the task. I don’t ask teachers to do things I don’t have an example to show or a way of modeling myself. 6.

I always look for student learning and teacher growth when I’m in the classrooms.

Adapted from “Analyzing Your Leadership Styles,” Jen Munnerlyn

Inspiration: Life in a Technology Embedded Classroom: Science “I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? It means I lecture less, and my students explore more. It means that I create a classroom where students encounter concepts, via labs and other methods, before they necessarily understand all the specifics of what is happening.” This is how Shelly Wright describes her science classroom in her blog Her story is an inspiration for all teachers who are struggling to transform their classrooms. Thanks to Thad Haines for sharing the blog post on share21. You will surely want to read and share the entire blog post and discuss with your team.

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A Dose of Awe Your dose of awe today is an incredible view from the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011. Every teacher and student will experience the awe in the Vimeo created by Michael Konig. Go to to view Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS on Vimeo.

Coaching Site = Community Site = Vol. 6 – November 21, 2011

iCoach Vol. 6  

This publication is a biweekly newsletter for the Transforming Teaching and Learning Project.

iCoach Vol. 6  

This publication is a biweekly newsletter for the Transforming Teaching and Learning Project.