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Quick Video Mini-Lessons

Micro-learning opportunities on a multitude of topics and challenges teachers face everyday.

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Teacher Language

Teacher Language

Explore the many pieces to mastering this important piece of what we do.  It’s an all day long challenge!

Teacher Language: The 3 Rs - Fundamentals
Learning the basics.  Root yourself here and then work to grow with subsequent video snippets!

Teacher Language: Taking a Deep Dive Into Reinforcing 
Using Reinforcing Language is a challenge with everything a teacher has to do.  Learn how to develop this skill well beyond empty praise.

Teacher Language:  Defeating Excessive Teacher Talk

All of us teachers talk too much!  Examine the strategies that can help us say what is needed.

Teacher Language: Driving Teacher Language with Reminding Language
Learn how to use Reminding Language in the planning stage to drive potential Redirections and Reinforcements.

Teacher Language: See/Say Charts for Redirection
A simple tool to plan for the best possible language during this often derailing time.

Teacher Language: 7 Words
At times we fall short on saying what we mean and meaning what we say.  Learn how to avoid some of the words that get in the way of learning and developing community.

Teacher Language: Redirection A Deep Dive
Go beyond the fundamentals and master this important piece.


Teacher Language: Redirection to Improve a Relationship
Say what?  Oh yes.  It can be done.  Watch and learn.


Teacher Language: Intrinsic Motivation at the Root
Raise your awareness around the relationship between Teacher Language and Intrinsic Motivation.

Teacher Language: For Arrival
Mastering Teacher Language for the first encounters of the day!


Teacher Language: Planning to Address a Struggling Child
Use this skill to help a struggling child.

Teacher Language: Positive Descriptive Feedback During ELA
PDFB at work in ELA

Teacher Language: Positive Descriptive Feedback During Math
PDFB at work for Math.

Teacher Language: Positive Descriptive Feedback During Science
PDFB at work for Science.



Powerful tool that can always be improved upon.

Modeling: Fundamentals of Interactive Modeling
Learn the fundamentals of this necessary teaching strategy.  Walk away with a better understanding of the pitfalls and strengths!

Modeling: Heading Towards Internalization
Use this teaching tool and it’s structure with purpose.  Avoid the mundanity of the process as you develop this skill.

P's- A Device For Growing Teachers

Foundational to the work of this platform.  Be sure to tune in and learn about the fundamentals.

Ps: Fundamentals

Get familiar with this device/tool that growth coaches employ as the help teachers develop.

Ps: Applying Them to Transitions

This approach can aid an effort for improvement or be used in the initial planning stages for a new transition.  Awareness of this approach is helpful for the start of the year.


Ps: POST for Planning
Consider performance, outcomes, strategies, & time when planning.


Responding to Misbehavior 

With dignity for all at the forefront, we can address misbehavior in a way that helps to build community, keep everyone safe and allow for all to learn

Responding to Misbehavior: Fundamentals of the Behavior Loop
Considering the cyclical nature of working within a community of learners.  Learn how to view the actions of a group or individuals as a process with distinct phases to acknowledge.


Responding to Misbehavior: Logical Consequences
Gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of this approach can lead to strong communities where children are addressed humanely.


Responding to Misbehavior: Addressing the Flock
An approach for considering all the needs of all children.  Examine the power of working with the all children to improve a community.


Responding to Misbehavior: Logical Consequences Fundamentals
Raise your awareness of this approach to humanely addressing misbehavior.


Responding to Misbehavior: Fundamentals of the Adult Action Care Plan
It’s rooted in the behavior loop!  Be sure to entertain that prerequisite and take your learning to another level.

Responding to Misbehavior: Teacher Language and LC Part One
Mashing up two skills to help a struggling child.


Responding to Misbehavior: Teacher Language and LC Part Two
Taking a look at a plan.


Responding to Misbehavior:  Ps With a Struggling Child
The ps to the rescue to make it better for a child and the community.


Responding to Misbehavior:  Using Systems/Structures/Devices/Skills
This tool can save us in many ways.  See how it’s used to address a struggling child.


Responding to Misbehavior: Examining the Flock
Insights regarding children in our communities.  Take a look at the importance of acknowledging the needs of all children.

Project Based Learning

Decades of experience with this approach to teaching and learning are behind what is shared in these clips.

PBL: Fundamentals
The basics.

PBL: Planning
Of course it all starts with a solid plan.

PBL: Purpose

So, why are you doing this?

PBL: Collaborative Groups
A key part for every phase of the process.  This approach increases the opportunities for teamwork and the practice of numerous social skills.

PBL: Topic Selection
Autonomy is stressed!  It has to be a topic that invokes their passion

PBL: Questioning & Gathering
Kicking off inquiry!

PBL: Organizing
Keeping it together.

PBL: Project Creation
Oh, here comes the fun part!  Showing what has been learned.

PBL: Practice and Presentation
Practice to perform!

PBL: Reflection
So what was learned by us and them?


Morning Meeting 

Starting the day with fun and active learning in a way that allows us to build community.

Morning Meeting: Planning Them
Looking for a successful start to each day?  Planning for morning meeting can get you there.

Morning Meeting: A Growth Spot of Us Too
Lean on this structure to enhance the skills you yourself are working on!

Morning Meeting: Proactive Language
Set your team up for success!  Opportunities for the “Language of Before” at every turn!

Morning Meeting: PDFB
Notice your children.  Let them know when they or the team are getting it right!  Shape the community.

Morning Meeting: Redirecting Language
Quick nip at this time of the day helps set the tone and provide clarity for the rest of the day.

Morning Meeting: Building One
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are strong Morning Meetings!  Follow a process that takes into consideration your comfortability and the performance of the children.

Morning Meeting: Fluency
Keep it moving.  Develop your fluency.

Morning meet


Devices: Introduction
Stop the hot air.  Devices are essential for purposeful planning, reflection, and action.

Devices: Video
There may be no better tool for self directed growth!

Devices: The Triangle
Examining potential in 3s.

Devices: Steps
Target growth with bench marked steps.

Devices: Systems, Structures, Devices, & Skills
This tool can help us address issues big and small.

Devices: Circle
The circle can help us see the landscape and target our efforts.

Ground our work with familiar tools to help us analyze, plan, and communicate. 

Closing Circle

Ending the day with active learning and fun!

Closing Circle: Fundamentals
It always starts with the basics.

Closing Circle: Reflection
Creating long thinking and assessment opportunities with the first component.

Closing Circle: Activities
The second component gives another shot at fun and learning together.


This part of the day can make or break a learning community.  Learn some valuable approaches to making this time enjoyable and safe.

Transitions: Proactive Reminding

Taking time before can create the potential for smooth transitions.


Transitions: Reflection

After the transition, take time to reflect with students.

Transitions: Signals

Quiet and expedient transitions require signals.

Transitions: Stopping points

Not to be taken for granted!

Instructional Coaching

Coaching for the coaches!  Entertain elements from all of the phases of the instructional coaching role

Instructional Coaching: Said & Did - Try 2Saying and Doing

Taking a look at using data to move a teacher with this approach.


Instructional Coaching: Conversations

Take a look at the root of the instructional coaching game.


Instructional Coaching: PDFB Power

Use PDFB as a foundation for growth opportunities.

Instructional Coaching: Supporting Veterans

Know they are different and have different needs


Instructional Coaching:

Who inspired you?  Which Coach? What was it about them?  Say? Do?


Instructional Coaching: My story


Instructional Coaching: Supporting New Teachers Fundamentals

Get after the low hanging fruit immediately.  


Instructional Coaching: Embracing the mundane

Only if you’re looking for growth for yourself!

Instructional Coaching: Supporting New Teachers, Planning

One of the main job of an Instructional Coach is to help the new teacher learn how to do this!


Instructional Coaching: Supporting New Teachers, Room Organization

Use you expertise to shortcut pitfalls with this important piece!


Instructional Coaching: Supporting New Teachers. Parent Communication

This piece can be frightening to a new teacher.  Be there to guide them.

Instructional Coaching: Supporting New Teachers, Building Efficiency Through Systems, 

Structures, Devices, Skills

Instructional Coaching: What are you rooted in?

Instructional Coaching: Coalition of the willing

Attraction rather than promotion.  Work with those most interested in growth.


Instructional Coaching: Inhouse 

Some key considerations.

Instructional Coaching: Reflective Conversations


Instructional Coaching: Problem Solving Conferences Fundamentals​

Instructional Coaching: Scripting for Data

A scripting device that you can execute with ease and it can serve to grow the teacher.

Instructional Coaching - Targeting Data


Instructional Coaching: See and Feed

Load em up with feedback on the one thing they’ve been working on!

Instructional Coaching: Turn and go

If it’s not looking good, get out of there!

Instructional Coaching : In House Considerations

Examine some key areas that can lead to success in this role.

Parent Support

Although this series was created for a specific school, the message of support for parents reaches far beyond that one school.


A plethora of small pieces that master teachers put to work!

Strategies: 2X10
Use this approach to a build relationship with an outlier.


Strategies: Visual Support - What and How
Often we are clear on the “What” is expected.  Look into the importance of the “How”.

Strategies: Looking at the whole year
Continue the great work you do in the first 6 weeks for the entire year.

Strategies: Working with Assistants and other adults in the room.
How to get the most out of the helping hands and avoid troubles.

Strategies: Time Out/Take a Break enhancing it.
A look at a few practices to keep this important piece alive and functioning well.
Strategies: Smiling

Strategies: Binary Rubric

Strategies: Greeting Students at the door
Critical piece to building community and classroom management.

Strategies: Raising the social standing of a child...
Awareness and intention at work.

Strategies: Give em a job, 
Many teachers change community with this effort.

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