Author Archives: jpsteltz

About jpsteltz

Proud husband and father of four; Literacy Specialist; Reading Teacher; Literacy Coach; HS ELA Teacher; Published Author

The Gardener, TWaLC March 29, 2018

As educators, it is our responsibility to cultivate deep, lasting growth. We must find ways to ensure sustenance for our students. When students leave our classrooms, their lives should be changed…for the better. Continue reading

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Process and Effort, TWaLC March 22, 2018

In our work as teachers with students, or in our work as instructional/literacy coaches with teachers it is imperative that we apply, practice, and live growth mindset. Continue reading

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Lonely Line

The irony of being a change agent in a school surrounded by people who have the best intentions to advance student learning is that it can be extremely lonely. Lurking in the shadows of my role as literacy coach are those uncomfortable moments where I must lead teachers – and even administrators – to thoughtfully consider their practice and how it directly affects students. Continue reading

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The Budget, TWaLC March 8, 2018

In my 22 years as a professional educator I have always worked under the belief that the greatest resources in the classroom are time, students, parents, and teachers. Continue reading

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I’ll Be There For You, TWaLC March 1, 2018

In the mid-70s my mother took an unprecedented risk. While that single choice assuredly changed her life, the impact it had on mine has shaped who I am as a literacy coach in 2017; I am there for you, and I care about you.  Continue reading

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TWaLC February 22, 2018: The Stones….

I need to be better. I mean, what did these teachers learn? I robbed them of the opportunity. Continue reading

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TWaLC Debut: Trust and Confidentiality

I am starting a weekly post to appear on Thursdays with the not-so-creative title This Week as Literacy Coach (TWaLC). Here is the debut of TWaLC. February 15, 2018: This Week as Literacy Coach  Being a literacy coach has allowed me … Continue reading

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Teach Until Students Learn

Teach until students learn. Sounds simple, right? Duh. But, in fact, this mission can present many challenges. Maybe those challenges are systemic. Maybe those challenges are in practice. Or, maybe those challenges are personal. Allow me to process this simple … Continue reading

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The Light

As I sat in church with my family this weekend, I was reminded to reflect on The Light.  John’s gospel elicits the important role of John the Baptist who was to ‘bear witness to the light.’ In a tremendous show … Continue reading

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Grace

We have all met people who personify grace: kind, empathetic, forgiving. Sometimes grace is recognized through a gentle touch, an encouraging word, or just a simple smile. When I need kindness, forgiveness, or empathy God has a knack of sending … Continue reading

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