Supporting Innovation in the Classroom When Spread Thing Over Multiple School Buildings

Supporting Innovation from Multiple Buildings

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In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff welcomes Instructional Coach, Michelle Manning on the podcast to discuss the importance of supporting teachers through innovative practices in the classroom.

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This week’s question is:

How can a Coach invite innovative practices into the classroom … when they are spread thin in multiple buildings?

Weekly Topic

  • Thoughts on a new school year
  • How to be a successful Instructional Coach after a few years under your belt
  • Setting Instructional Coaching goals for the upcoming school year
    • Meeting with teachers
    • More connections with Administrators and building Leadership teams
  • Strategies for reinventing the coaching position at the beginning of a new school year
    • Visit faculty meetings
    • Tech Coaching Menu
    • Surveys for checking in with teachers
  • Do “edubribes” work in gaining trust and building relationships with teachers
  • How to easily suggest that a teacher try something new
    • Set the stage with simple conversations
    • Offer to coteach a class or teach the subject yourself to model the topic
    • Offer to help build or support their lesson planning
  • Strategies for supporting teachers across multiple buildings through your calendar, video, and Google Forms
  • Supporting additional coaches in a single school building … working together as a team

Why gamify?

  • Practice makes perfect? – No – Practice makes permanent
  • self-checking
  • immediate feedback
  • blended learning
  • flipped classroom
  • extra practice
  • test review
  • practice again
  • streamline/chunk to avoid visually overwhelming long worksheets
  • modify / differentiate
  • They can ‘play / practice’ again and again; once worksheet is done – it's done
  • FUN!!


How to gamify?

  • Google Slides “escape rooms”, riddle rooms, Jenga, board games (game of life)
  • Once you have the template it’s easy to modify for different themes


How to modify games?

  • change the number of choices
  • change the number of questions
  • add ‘hints’ on the TRY AGAIN page
  • add images
  • add audio
  • add video
  • fast finisher enrichment
  • extra practice


Flipped / Putting the Students in Control of the lesson

  • science lesson
  • Instead of watching video as whole class, video is chunked into smaller pieces for better retention
  • Students watch at own pace, minimal distractions, can rewind, etc
  • Students can take notes at their own pace using varied method (typing, writing, voice, drag & drop; have a copy of notes if needed, didn’t complete, etc
  • Use a tool like Kami where you can push out the answers after so students have accurate notes
  • Taking obstacles out of the way to get to your end ‘game’ – the content


About our Guest

Michelle Manning

Michelle was an elementary classroom teacher for over 26 years before becoming a Technology Integration Specialist for Smithtown Central School District on LI, NY.  She is the 2022, 2021 & 2017 WS BOCES Model Schools Winner.  Google Certified Coach. Google Level 1 & 2 Certified Educator.  2021 Kami Hero.  Kami Connect 2022 Speaker.  2022 ISTE Live Presenter.  Passionate about supporting teachers integrate technology into their lessons to take them beyond pencil & paper to create dynamic, engaging, & inclusive lessons.

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