Further Your Instructional Coaching Practice on Twitter
Posted by Brad Falvey on April 10, 2018 at 10:20 AM
Instructional coaches help guide the growth and development of educators and school leaders to drive student achievement. But how do coaches find ways to nourish and develop themselves on a professional level? Professional learning communities made up of fellow coaches—networks that exist both in person and online—are one fantastic resource to help move professional learning forward.
earning is often best when collaborative and social media has made it easy for coaches to work with one another on their own time. Twitter, specifically, has positioned itself as a source for coaches to learn from each other, meet for topic-specific chats, share one's voice and opinions, and even create opportunities for mentorship. Coaches are able to lend a supportive hand to their peers while providing a judgement-free space to show vulnerability.
You can get started using Twitter professionally to expand your coaching resources with just a little bit of prep, even if you've never used it before. Following hashtags—"categories" that people use to assign their tweets to specific topics—is a great entry point, for instance. Every time you see a pound sign, like #instructionalcoaching, you're looking at hashtag and you can click it to view all of the tweets that use that tag. Adding the hashtag to your own message gets you into that discussion.
The #educoach channel is for instructional coaches of all content areas and focused solely on improving education. Every Wednesday at 6pm central time they hold a live chat on a specific topic. This is the largest coaching channel on Twitter for coaches from all over the world to share ideas, questions, articles, successes, and trainings with their peers. It's also a great one to just start following on Wednesdays and learn how hashtag conversations work.
Instructional coach, Dan Kreiness, shared his gratitude for #educoach during TeachBoost's Coaching Talk webinar, The Support Coaches Need to be Effective, by describing it as "more than just a chat, it's a community." If a community is what you're looking for via social media, #educoach is a fantastic place to begin your journey.
The #ETCoach channel is there specifically for those who help teachers integrate technology within the classroom. The channel consists of technology coaches, tech facilitators, technology integration specialists, and instructional leaders who are looking for support from technology experts.
Shared content consists of personal recommendations of products and tools, successful use-cases of technology embedded within the classroom, question and answer sessions, and even book recommendations—via #TechcoachBC—among technology professionals in education.
The #instructionalcoach channel is a space for instructional coaches to share news, discuss what they're working on or workshops they're participating in across the nation, self-promote their own content, and share their overall passion for working with teachers. From an outside perspective, this channel tends to get a bit more personal than the others due to the original content that coaches share for feedback and workshopping. Ultimately, there's a great feeling of excitement among these contributors and definitely one we recommend if you're looking for some energy!
No matter what role or interests you have there's a community for you. Here's a few examples of some position-specific hashtags that you might find helpful depending on your role:
Regardless of what you're looking for, there are often many others out there seeking a similar resource or working through a similar problem. These hashtag conversations are a great way to find them and even share things you may have learned to push the profession forward.
Whether you're an experienced coach, new to the role, or an outside spectator genuinely interested in instructional coaching, don't be scared to embark on the journey of expanding your professional learning opportunities through social media—there are certainly benefits for building a community of support from your peers.
As a final note, we challenge you to tweet tag @TeachBoost to your next coaching related tweet in a channel above! :)
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