May 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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May certainly lived up to its reputation—we saw a ton of fresh content this past month! Find the top articles from May's weekly coaching roundups below and learn about questions for powerful coaching conversations, the benefits of documenting your coaching work, increasing the impact of your coaching feedback, tips for keeping coaching alive at the end of the year, and more. Enjoy!

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Three Tips to Keep Coaching Alive When Teachers Are Dead Tired

Terri Lewis provides techniques to revive coaching efforts at the end of the school year!

"Schedules are up-ended, test administration and test security are top priorities, and teachers don’t want anything to do with you! [...] This is when teachers and students need you most, coaches! Everyone is tired and in need of some inspiration."

2 Questions for More Powerful Coaching Conversations

Elise Foster dissects the mindset of knowing vs. showing during coaching meetings.

"It's never a great moment when a coachee comes back after trying something you suggested to find out it didn’t work. Or is it? [...] It was important to shift his own mindset toward one of learning and away from one of knowing the solution."

Documenting Your Coaching Work

Ellen Eisenberg provides coaching tips for tracking coaching work and creating opportunities for self-reflection.

"Coaches need to document not only what or how they work with colleagues, but also what their next steps are for provide ongoing, job-embedded professional development."

Increase the Impact of Your Feedback as an Instructional Coach

Eric Sandberg shares four types of coaching feedback based on Matt Foster's research from over 300 walkthroughs with teachers.

"We had over 300 teachers in the study, I found that the type of feedback was only second in importance to the quantity. The major finding: teachers consistently reported a positive benefit from the feedback given to them."

The Coaching Cycle

Kenny McKee uses research-backed evidence to justify the impact coaching has on student achievement.

"Lasting change happens one conversation at a time. Let's not allow the elaborate productions of meetings, workshops, and high-stakes data blind us from what we can do that really helps teachers become better for their students: one-on-one coaching."

Teachers Observing Teaching

Steve Barkley discusses three ways to publicize teaching and promote teacher vulnerability.

"Many school leadership teams need to explore strategies that decrease teachers' reluctance to making teaching more public and teachers' discussions more vulnerable."

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