Where to Find Articles for Article of the Week (AoW)

Article of the week AOL


I have searched the Internet looking for great resources for teachers to use to find an article to use in their classroom to update a post from 2014. I found the following pages that have articles, and some sites also have questions and prompt to go along with the articles. Please let me know if you know of another resource I should add.  


  • Read Works: ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free! K-8
  • TweenTribuneA Free K-12 Resource for Teachers to find daily AP news articles with self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level.
  • Kelly Gallagher: You will find the articles Kelly assigned this year (2019-2020) to his students for free
  • Vale Middle: Article of the Week handouts and articles for 19-20.




Day in the Life of a Central Office Supervisor On a County-Wide Sick Day


Day in the life of a central office supervisor on a county-wide sick day


Have you ever wondered what a central office supervisor does on a snow day or sick day when the schools are closed? I kept a running record of my actions and tasks today and shared them below. Comment below if it is anything like you thought it would be. Also, would you be interested in a my day on a regular school day? Let me know! 
  • 6:45 a.m.  Woke up and got ready for work. Shower, makeup, clothes.....
  • 7:55 a.m. Arrive at the office and unload my vehicle from the last PD I conducted and put it all up in the office closet (which needs cleaned) 
  • 8:15 a.m. Check emails and responded as needed 
  • 8:30 a.m. Prepare any last minute notes for the Principals' Meeting 
  • 8:40 a.m. Answer parent call 
  • 8:45 a.m. Copies for ELA Teachers PD 
  • 8:55 a.m. Send out an email to SS teacher with a great  freeTN SS resources (Click here to see it) 
  • 9:00 a.m. Principals Meeting 
  • 10:00 a.m. Individual chats with principals
  • 10:30 am Answer parent call
  • 10:45 am Answer vendor call 
  • 10:50 a.m Find judges for Science Fair 
  • 11:00 a.m. Answer parent call 
  • 11:05 a.m. Complete travel forms for upcoming training 
  • 11:20 a.m. Create agenda for my next meeting and type up notes from the previous meeting 
  • 12:00 p.m. Meeting 
  • 1:00 p.m. Grab a late lunch while editing pictures for district Facebook page 
  • 1:30 p.m. Upload pictures and create a post on District Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • 1:40 p.m. Create a list of rocking-chair reads versus high quality read alouds for K-2 
  • 2:15 p.m. Answer parent call
  • 2:20 p.m. Compare 2018 Study Island winter results to 2019 Study Island winter results and create charts for principals and teachers. 
  • 3:00 p.m. Answer parent call
  • 3:05 p.m. Answer a vendor call 
  • 3:10 p.m. Create a resource requested by a teacher
  • 3:45 p.m. Answer a admin call 
  • 4:00 p.m. Sign field trip requests, make copies, and send signed copies to principals and to the board 
  • 4:10 p.m. Submit Teachers of the Year, Principal of the Year, and Supervisor of the year to the Core office (Fingers crossed for our people, I know they are great) 
  • 4:20 p.m. Send the Teachers of the Year, Principal of the Year, and Supervisor of the year an email with their Core office applications and tips for competition. 
  • 4:30 p.m. Attempt to clean up my desk and change my status to out to training in Knoxville. 
  • 4:35 p.m. Turn out my lights, lock up, and head to a community meeting. 
Typing it wore me out! Let me know your thoughts on my day! 



TN Kindergarten One Page Math Standards

I have created a printer friendly reference sheet for the Kindergarten Tennessee Math standards. The standards are all on one sheet (front and back). You will want to download for the best printing.  I place the standards for each subject in a sheet protector and place in my planning binder. 
TN Kindergarten One Page Math Standards Printable TDOE
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You can find the ELA kindergarten one page standards reference sheet post here, 1st and 2nd here, 3rd and 4th here, 5th and 6th here, 7th and 8th grade here, and the 9th-12th grade here.

9th/10th and 11th/12th GRADE TN ELA ONE PAGE STANDARDS REFERENCE SHEETS

I have created a printer friendly reference sheet for the 9th-12th Grade Tennessee ELA standards. The standards are all on one sheet (front and back). You will want to download for the best printing.  I place the standards for each subject in a sheet protector and place in my planning binder. You can find the kindergarten one page standards reference sheet post here, 1st and 2nd here, 3rd and 4th here, 5th and 6th here, and 7th and 8th grade here.



One Page 9th and 10th Grade TN ELA Standards  9th grade TN ELA Standards
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One Page 9th and 10th Grade TN ELA Standards
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7th and 8th GRADE TN ELA ONE PAGE STANDARDS REFERENCE SHEETS

I have created a printer friendly reference sheet for the 7th and 8th Grade Tennessee ELA standards. The standards are all on one sheet (front and back). You will want to download for the best printing.  I place the standards for each subject in a sheet protector and place in my planning binder. You can find the kindergarten one page standards reference sheet post here, 1st and 2nd here, 3rd and 4th here, and 5th and 6th here


One page 7th Grade TN ELA Standards
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One page 7th Grade TN ELA Standards
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More Pre-Factoring Practice (2 more pages)


Build your students factoring skills by having students practice finding two numbers which would produce a certain product and a certain sum.  


pre-factoring worksheet math practice

Teachers who have used the worksheets say they have made a difference in students' confidence and competence with factoring. You can find the first worksheet I created here

Let me know in the comments what you are working on with your students! I'd love to create something for you to use in your classroom. 







Top 3 Instructional Coach Tips


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Build a relationship first. You have to build a relationship before you can help someone grow. Please get to know their teaching style, learn about them as a person outside of school, and let them get to know you. I use a teaching questionnaire to get started and then build from there. You can download the one I use here.

Work in their room along side them. To help teachers improve their instructional practices, you need to work alongside them with their students. I like to help out during centers and group work. I follow the teacher's lead; if she/he is going from table to table asking questions, I do the same. If the teacher is asking students to read to them, I do the same. This builds a relationship with the students and the teachers at the same time.

Offer to teach their class. Do you want them to spend some extra time planning for questioning or give them time to observe another teacher? Give them extra planning by teaching a class. This helps you stay relevant, enables you to connect with the students, and shows the teacher you are willing to put the work in to help them.

If you have an instructional coach in your building, how do they help you? What do you prefer when getting some extra support? Please share below in the comments.