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Coaching Your Classroom

Learn how to employ effective feedback to create a student-centered culture in your classroom. Understand the importance of high-quality student feedback and communication in the classroom and how you can coach your students to their next steps.


  • Analyze the impact of learning-centered classroom language and formative assessment on student learning.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication in the classroom, as well as how giving feedback works and what a student-centered culture looks like.
  • Embrace the qualities of actionable feedback and examine the effect on student engagement and intrinsic motivation.
  • Learn how to deliver individualized next steps and support students through the feedback loop and the gradual release of responsibility.
  • Read real-world accounts and examples from teachers who have successfully coached their classrooms.

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Chapter 1: Adopt a Language of Learning
Chapter 2: Coach Every Student
Chapter 3: Craft High-Quality Feedback
Chapter 4: Utilize Feedback Methods
Chapter 5: Ensure Productive Responses
Chapter 6: Employ Self- and Peer Assessment


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6



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