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Indiana EdCast: Ep. #45 — Coach Sparkle on Literature Circles

Jan 3, 2019

Welcome to Indiana EdCast, I'm Tom Mellish, ED for IRTA, The Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators. We are joined once again by Coach Sparkle, aka Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. We welcome Coach Sparkle and look forward to her thoughts on various educational instructional and classroom ideas.

Today our focus will be on literature circles.

Welcome Coach Sparkle, we are excited to discuss literature circles with you and our guest today, Emily Youngdale, a 5th grade teacher at Sugar Creek Elementary School. We're excited to hear your thoughts, findings and how you are implementing literature circles with your students.

What are literature circles?

LC's are small groups of students that gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. There is no one way or recipe to do a LC.

In the episode our guests answer the following questions:

How long did it take to get the procedures set up?

How is the literature chosen?

How are your groups formed?

Take us through a literature cycle.

Have you tried any variations?

As you use LC as an instructional tool, what enhancements have you already put in place or see being able to do in the future?

What are your check points or what are you using for student evaluation?


Anything you would do differently starting out or wish you would have known?

Thought for the Day – Take time to think on how fortunate you are and the many blessings that have been bestowed upon you.

To our listeners, let us know if there are topics or subjects you would like us to address and discuss, please let us know. You can email me at