July 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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July grilled up a smörgåsbord of coaching articles this month! Enjoy the top articles from the past few weekly coaching roundups below and learn about the loneliness of coaching, some reflections from a year of coaching, how to make coaching a collaborative effort, and more.

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Learnings From My First Year as an Instructional Coach

Kristy Louden shares five learnings from her transition from teacher to coach.

"I learned this year that I need to better communicate with the staff as a whole and with individual teachers as I work with them. [...] Be sure to explain your role, remind teachers throughout the year of how you can help them, and explain expectations with each individual teacher."

Big Lessons From a Year of Coaching: Stop Talking and Be Fearless

Elena Aguilar offers five takeaways from 2017-18 to consider when prepping for the upcoming school year.

"I am so grateful to be a witness to the learning that my clients experience, to be present with their vulnerability and struggles and successes. Of the many things that I do in my professional life these days, coaching remains at the top of the things that give me great satisfaction. [...] We guide."

The Loneliness of Coaching

Fiona Hurtado identifies three sources of loneliness as a coach and how to combat them.

"Coaches are still somewhat of a rare species in the educational landscape, however, and despite our teaching heritage we've evolved into something that is often difficult to describe to others and, at times, even to ourselves. Although there are advantages of being a coach, it can actually feel pretty lonely at times, but it doesn't have to be."

Feedback: Avoiding the Whine

Vicki Collet shares the importance of providing timely feedback and how to approach providing it.

"Offering feedback is a way to show that I care about teaching and learning and about the teacher. I want to help those I am working with to grow and develop, make better decisions, solve problems, and learn new skills."

How to Make Coaching a Team Sport

Kara McFarlin provides five ways she made coaching a collaborative effort during her first year.

"Coaching can be a lonely job! I recommend building a coaching alliance—even add an administrator to the mix—and you will achieve valuable support and backing within your role."

Coaching Is the New Leadership

Margaret Moore emphasizes the benefits of building a coaching structure—both personally and at an organizational level—to continue growth.

"The now-common experience of coaching impact on leaders is igniting interest in learning coaching skills. [...] It's time for everyone, not just leaders, to grow faster to avoid burnout and keep up, or even get ahead, of external forces of change."

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