Bibliotherapy – Counselor Outreach

I’ve Twittered before about West Middle School’s counselor, Suzannah Laucher @suzannahlaucher, and her significant efforts to reach different groups of kids. She’s known by the faculty as someone who will reach out to anyone for any need. This approach really struck me. She using several books to make great connections with students.

Below is a quick snapshot I took of her boys group:

This is my interview with her  using several

Teacher Spotlight – Ziccarelli

This is a great, fun activity to write about.


NC does a great job providing resources for math classes, not just lesson plan but activities teachers can use in their practice ensure appropriate skills and content are taught. This video came from 7th Math/Science teacher, Ms Ziccarelli [Zic to her fans]


Great way to get kids up and about, incorporating rubrics and covering content – only requires planning and monitoring!

Reaching the Kids the Old Fashioned Way – Bibliotherapy?!?!

I’ve Tweeted before about our counselor Suzannah Laucher, @suzannahlaucher, and her efforts to reach kids using bibliotherapy, group book studies to reach kids. I was finally able to catch her in action with her male group. The engagement was obvious and student impact will be evident.

This is a snipet of her with the group:

I stayed after and asked her a couple of questions about the book selection and her groups.

This has really been enlightening to me. Laucher shared some very specific connections kids have made with these books. I stopped recording this group about 1 minute too early – a young man exclaimed, ‘Man, this is like my family reunions.’

Great job reaching kids!

Teacher Spotlight – Ames

 This is a great spotlight! This is Suzanne Ames, a first year EC teacher. For the month of February, she logged more hours in EVAAS, North Carolina’s state-wide data program!
This is a great resource for NC educators. We’ve recently had PD on using EVAAS for classroom planning – creating groups, strategic interventions, etc. Data for student achievement!!!

Changing How We Look at & Use Data – Not Waiting on an Autopsy

Friday was a great day of collaboration and pd at West Middle School!! April Daywalt, our Instructional Facilitator [interviewed in the video below] led group instructional discussions during planning periods on using Data Connections, a program the district has subscribed to.


I love the Shift Thinking behind this training! Before Friday, West MS has only used this program during our quarterly benchmark testing. The problem with this approach is it only gave us 3 opportunities to planned reteaching, acceleration and reflection. For student achievement, we cant afford to wait until the end to look at and plan with important student data! Opening up this program, expanding training to every teacher and having people on board who can help with answer questions will go a long way in making this part of our planning, teaching and learning culture.


Below are two interviews about training implementation and purpose, the second is Daywalt:

I love the EQ in the back! Thanks to all the teachers for the being active participants and planning on incorporating this into their practice and thanks to April for her shift training!

Teacher Spotlight – Roose

Ms Roose explains question stems to her class. She begins a talk about EOG/EOC questions are comprised of stems from the higher end of Marzano/Blooms. This is a great extension of our training from first semester.

Teacher Spotlight – Ms Tofflemeyer

Here’s a great upcoming activity from Reading/Science Teacher, Ms Tofflemeyer. AWESOME culiminating activity for novel study!